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Royal Navy Battle Cruiser histories including heavy cruisers and light cruisers. Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the "D" Class. HMS Danae, HMS Dauntless, HMS Delhi, HMS Dragon, HMS Dunedin, HMS Durban, HMS Despatch, HMS Diomede including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the "D" Class cruisers.

Displacement: 4,850 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 450 increasing to 469 as a Flagship.

Armament: Six 6 inch and three 4 inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Twelve 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Danae 26th January 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Dauntless 10th April 1918 Broken up 1946.
HMS Delhi 23rd August 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Despatch 24th September 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Diomede 29th April 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Dragon 29th December 1917 Scuttled and used as breakwater 8th July 1944.
HMS Dunedin 19th November 1918 Sunk on 24th November 1940.
HMS Durban 29th May 1919 Scuttled and used as breakwater 9th June 1944.

HMS Danae

HMS Danae served in China during 1939-41, followed by the Eastern fleet from 1942-44 and ending with the home fleet from 1944-45. 

HMS Danae, 1920s.

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HMS Danae, 1920s.

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HMS Danae, 1920s.

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HMS Danae, 1937.

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HMS Danae, 1937.

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HMS Danae, with Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1937.

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HMS Danae 

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Crew of HMS Danae at Malta  

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HMS Danae 

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HMS Danae.

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HMS Danae

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Two of the crew of HMS Danae.

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HMS Delhi

HMS Dehli was fitted with five 5 inch de-perming and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns. HMS Dauntless and HMS Durban served in China with Danae during 1939-41, both ships switching to the Eastern fleet in 1942-43. Dauntless then served as a training ship from 1943-45, while Durban served the home fleet until 1944. HMS Dehli served with the Home fleet in 1939 and 1942, the Mediterranean fleet in 1940 and 1943-45. After a stretch in the South Atlantic from 1941-42 during which she was refitted in the USA, she was placed in reserve in 1945.

HMS Delhi, 1925.

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HMS Delhi, 1931.

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HMS Delhi, July 1943.

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HMS Delhi 

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HMS Delhi pictured c.1936

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HMS Delhi firing salute.  Monte Carlo, 1934.

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Prince of Monaco coming aboard HMS Delhi, 1934, Monaco.

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HMS Despatch

HMS Despatch served in America and West Indies during 1939-42 changing to the South Atlantic fleet in 1942-32, eventually serving in the Home fleet in 1944 before becoming an accommodation ship in 1945. 

HMS Despatch at Portland, Oregon, c.1924.

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USS Saratoga with HMS Despatch in the Panama Canal c.1925. 

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HMS Despatch   

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Ships Company of HMS Despatch.

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HMS Diomede

HMS Diomede was in the Home fleet in 1939, transferring to the America and West Indies fleet in 1940-42, she then served in the South Atlantic in 1942 and the Home fleet again from 1942-43 and finally served as a training ship from 1943-45.

HMS Diomede, 1920s.

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HMS Diomede, 1920s.

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HMS Diomede, 1920s.

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HMS Diomede, 1920s,

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HMS Diomede, May 1938.

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HMS Diomede, May 1938.

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HMS Diomede pictured c.1932 

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HMS Diomede.

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HMS Diomede

Identified by Carl Proctor

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HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon  built by Scott in January 1917 and launched 29th December 1917. Joined the 5th Light Cruiser squadron at Harwich in 1918 and served in the Baltic during 1919served in the home fleet in 1939, switching to the Mediterranean fleet and East Indies fleet in 1940, then in 1940-41 she served in the South Atlantic, transferring to the Eastern fleet in 1942 before returning to the home fleet from 1943-44. After Torpedo Damage  HMS Dragon became a breakwater at Normandy along with HMS Durban

HMS Dragon, 1940.

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HMS Dragon, 1925.

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HMS Dragon, 1919.

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HMS Dragon in May 1934

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HMS Dragon, Alabama, 1934.

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HMS Dragon at Hamburg, 17th March 1919.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon pictured c.1920 

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HMS Dragon passing under one of Mobile's bridges c.1934 

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon at Antwerp, 25th April 1920.

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The Forth Bridge, taken from HMS Dragon, 8th March 1920.

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HMS Dragon at Mobile, USA.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon in a choppy sea.  Sent in by Tony Smith

HMS Dunedin

HMS Dunedin served in the Home fleet in 1939 switching to the America and West Indies in 1940 before being torpedoed in 1941 by U124 off the coast of Brazil while serving in the South Atlantic.

HMS Dunedin, 1920s.

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HMS Dunedin, 1920s.

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HMS Dunedin, in dock, 1920s.

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HMS Dunedin, May 1937.

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HMS Dunedin, January 1938.

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HMS Dunedin

HMS Dunedin pictured c.1938. 

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HMS Dunedin.  

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Two of the D Class ships, 1920.  HMS Durban is the near ship, and HMS Dragon the far one.

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Alan Huxtable has sent this information: this cruiser is a D class. I don't think it can be the Dauntless or Dragon, as they were completed with a hanger in front of the main mast.

Photograph of an unknown cruiser when she was in St Lucia. If you can help us identify her please e-mail us at  cranston@onetel.net 

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HMS DAUNTLESS

CHARLES ROBERTSON..  served on the Dauntless around the period 1920 - 1922, as a stoker.  He was on the Dauntless during the operation to recover the bodies from the airship disaster in the Humber in August 1921.  His family is aware of a photograph of the ship's company taken around this period, thought to have been when the ship was visiting the Hudson River.  The ship's company was assembled on the foredeck with the camera looking towards the stern from the bow.  sadly, this photograph has been lost.  The family would welcome contact from anyone with a copy of this photograph or any other information concerning the Dauntless around this period.  Contact phil.woodhead@lineone.net 

HMS DRAGON

FRANK THACKERY AB... My Uncle Frank served on HMS Dragon when he was 25 years old. He was from Sheffield and was killed in action in September 1942. I am looking for anyone who remembers him or of the actions involving Dragon in September 1942. Contact John Hopkins at john@marecbokae.com 

MAURICE COLLINS.. My uncle served on HMS Dragon between 1940-1942 as far as I am aware. I am looking for any crew photos or anyone who remembers him - he was very young at the time he joined the Navy at 15. Contact Sandy at Sandym@equals.co.za 

WILLIAM TIDMARSH, served on HMS Dragon when he was 18 years old.  I am trying to find out where the ship saw action after its launch in 1917. Before joining the ship I know my Grandfather saw action at Jutland and it was there his real age was discovered. if anyone can help with information about HMS Dragon, Please contact Sue Wilson at sjwilson31@ukonline.co.uk 

HMS DANAE

CHARLES ERNEST SPOONER. My father in law served on HMS Danae from 9th August 1944 to 30th September 1944. I am looking for information and photo's of HMS Danae and its crew. if anybody can help. please contact June and Charlie Spooner at june.spooner@sympatico.ca 

HMS DESPATCH

HUGH TRAINER..  I served on this ship from May '44 until she was decommissioned in September '44.  We joined her in Portsmouth Dockyard in May '44 after she had been converted to an anti aircraft ship and was equipped with Bofors guns which were manned by soldiers, and oerlikon guns and a four inch astern which were manned by the navy and our task was to carry the N.O.I.C. Mulberry "B" to Arromanches where we stayed until the harbour was completed.  We then sailed each morning at daybreak to the Juno Light Vessel where we directed shipping to the various "Gooseberries" or to Arromanches.  We returned to Portsmouth in August '44 for leave and then to Devonport where we paid off.   Contact Here 

HMS DURBAN

CPO TELEGRAPHIST J. G. ADAMSON.. HMS Durban 1921 - 24.  We are trying to locate the family of C.P.O. Adamson.  We want to return a piece of work executed either by, or for, him during the ship's Far East cruise, 1921 to 1924; they visited China and Japan - among other places.  he was last heard of in Plymouth, Devon. contact here  

JOHN HOGAN: My great uncle served on HMS Durban. he was only 21 when he died during the early years of the war. I am looking for information on him, ship mates and the ship. If you can help please contact Dawn Unsworth at dawn_maria_unsworth@hotmail.com

 

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