HMS Sussex (1929) CC (4th)
This the fourth ship to carry the name HMS Sussex was a London
Built by Hawthorn Leslie, laid down 01-Feb-1927, launched 22-Feb-1929, and commissioned 19-Mar-1929.
On completion joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean until 1934 when she went Australia. She remained there until 1936 when she returned to the Mediterranean.
In 1939, formed Group H in the South Atlantic with HMS Shropshire, during the search for the Admiral Graf Spee.
On 02-Dec-1939 intercepted the German blockade runner Watussi.
Returned to the Home Fleet and took part in the Norwegian Campaign, then went for refit at Glasgow. Where she was struck by bombs on 17/18-Sep-1940, seriously damaged and settled on the bottom with a heavy list. Repairs took until Aug-1942.
On her return served in the Atlantic where she intercepted the blockade runner Hohenfriedburg while being narrowly missed by torpedoes fired by U-264.
Then went to the Eastern Fleet for the remainder of the war.
After war ended she covered operations in the Dutch East Indies, and returned home 1949 to be paid off.
Sold for scrap 03-Jan-1950, and arrived at Dalmuir 23-Feb-1950 for breaking up.
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