HMS Venus (1943) DD (5th)
This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Venus was a V Class
(1943), destroyer leader. As destroyer leader she had slightly reduced
armament to allow the increased complement and working space needed to
control a flotilla.
Built by Fairfield, laid down 12-Jan-1942, launched 23-Feb-1943, and commissioned 28-Aug-1943.
On commissioning formed part of the 26th Destroyer Flotilla, and joined the Home Fleet.
During 1943-44 service alternated between Arctic convoy work and Norwegian carrier raids.
At the end of 1944 went to the East Indies and raids against Japanese forces on the Malayan and Burmese coasts. Which continued until the end of the war. Went into reserve 1949.
Converted to a Type 15 frigate 1952 with an increased displacement of 2,240 tons.
Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.
Sold 06-Nov-1972 and broken up at Briton Ferry.
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16 November, 2012.
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