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HMS Coventry - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Coventry

Name : HMS Coventry
Laid Down : 4th August 1916
Launched : 6th July 1917
Completed : 21st February 1918
Type : Cruiser
Class : Ceres
Builder : Swan Hunter
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 4th ship with this name.
Pennants : D43
Fate : Sunk 14th September 1942

Converted to anti aircraft role 1937. HMS Coventry built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend was initially going to be called HMS Corsair. HMS Coventry was laid down on the 4th August 1916, launched 6th July 1917 and completed for naval service in February 1918. HMS Coventry joined the 5th Light Cruiser squadron in February 1918 till May 1919, and served in the Baltic in this time. Commissioned in May 1919 into the Atlantic fleet, until in 1920 when HMS Coventry became the HQ ship for naval Inter allied Disarmament Commission. Went into refit in late 1920 and once completed joined the 2nd Light cruiser squadron as flagship to the Rear Admiral of the Atlantic Fleet. A torpedo explosion while in Malta in March 1923 caused the death of two crew. At the outbreak of world war two HMS Coventry was serving with the Home Fleet between 1939 and 1940, moving to the Mediterranean fleet in 1940 until being sunk off Tobruk on the 14th September 1942 by German and Italian aircraft.

Displacement: 4,190 tons Speed: 29kt Complement: 400 increasing to 437 as a Flagship. Armament: Ten 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns. eight 0.5 inch machine gun

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HMS Coventry, July 1935.


HMS Coventry, July 1935.


HMS Coventry, July 1935.


HMS Coventry, 1937.


HMS Coventry


The deck of HMS Coventry with unusual cargo


HMS Coventry.

Timeline Entries :


4th August 1916 - Laid down at Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne
6th July 1917 - Pennant D43
6th July 1917 - Launched
February 1918 - Harwich Force
21st February 1918 - 5th Light Cruiser Squadron
21st February 1918 - Commissioned
6th December 1918 - Arrived Copenhagen
1st June 1919 - 1st Light Cruiser Squadron, Atlantic Fleet
28th June 1919 - Sailed Harwich for the Baltic
12th August 1919 - Arrived Bremerhaven
14th August 1919 - Arrived Harwich
14th December 1919 - Sailed Chatham
30th March 1920 - Sailed Heligoland for Chatham
31st March 1920 - Arrived Sheerness
31st March 1920 - Arrived Sheerness
1st April 1920 - Arrived Chatham from Heligoland into Dockyard habds
7th June 1920 - Sailed Portsmouth for Greenock
16th June 1920 - Arrived Rosyth
25th June 1920 - Arrived Invergordon
7th July 1920 - Arrived Greenock
22nd February 1921 - Sailed Arosa Bay for Gibraltar
25th February 1921 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral M.H. Hodges
25th February 1921 - Arrived Gibraltar
12th March 1921 - At Gibraltar
12th March 1921 - Sailed Gibraltar for Tangier
12th March 1921 - Arrived Tangier
16th March 1921 - Sailed Tangiers for Vigo
17th March 1921 - Sailed Gibraltar for UK
17th March 1921 - Sailed Gibraltar
21st March 1921 - Arrived Portsmouth
22nd March 1921 - Arrived UK
29th October 1921 - Arrived Invergordon
29th October 1921 - Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
1st December 1921 - Sailed Rosyth for Harwich
2nd December 1921 - Arrived Harwich
8th February 1923 - Sailed Portland to Joined the Atlantic Fleet in the Mediterranean
8th February 1923 - Flagship of Rear Admiral A.K. Waistell
19th February 1923 - Arrived Malaga
19th February 1923 - Sailed Gibraltar
24th February 1923 - Sailed Malaga
24th February 1923 - Arrived Almeria
28th February 1923 - Arrived Cartegena
28th February 1923 - Sailed Almeria
5th March 1923 - Sailed Cartegena
6th March 1923 - Arrived Gibraltar
21st March 1923 - Sailed Gibraltar
23rd March 1923 - Arrived Vigo
26th March 1923 - Sailed Vigo
26th March 1923 - Arrived Arosa Bay
31st March 1923 - Sailed Arosa Bay
3rd November 1923 - Fleet Review at Spithead
26th July 1924 - Fleet Review at Spithead
1st September 1924 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Albert Percy Addison
9th September 1924 - Sailed UK for the Mediterranean
19th December 1931 - At Malta
7th January 1932 - Sailed Malta
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
4th April 1932 - Sailed Beaulieu for Golfe Juan
4th April 1932 - Arrived Golfe Juan
6th April 1932 - At Golfe Juan
14th April 1932 - Arrived Aranci Bay
14th April 1932 - Arrived Aranci Bay
21st April 1932 - Sailed Aranci Bay
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
1st October 1932 - Capt. H. E. Horan, DSC in Command
1st October 1932 - Flag Officer Destroyers. Mediterranean Fleet. Rear Admiral F. F. Rose, CB, DSO
14th January 1933 - Arrived Port Drepano
14th January 1933 - Sailed Port Drepano
25th January 1933 - Arrived Gulf of Patras
1st February 1933 - Arrived Malta
7th March 1933 - Sailed Malta for Pollensa Bay
10th March 1933 - Arrived Palma
28th March 1933 - Sailed Pollensa for Golfe Juan
30th March 1933 - Arrived Golfe Juan
12th April 1933 - Arrived Gulf of St. Tropez
24th April 1933 - Sailed Gulf of St. Tropez
24th April 1933 - Sailed St. Tropez for Malta
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
27th July 1933 - Arrived Brioni
10th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for short winter cruise
10th January 1934 - Arrived Bizerta
25th January 1934 - Arrived Malta
3rd March 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
23rd March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th March 1934 - Arrived Leghorn
9th April 1934 - Sailed Leghorn for St. Tropez
10th April 1934 - Arrived St. Trpoez
24th April 1934 - Sailed St. Tropez for Malta
27th June 1934 - Sailed Malta for Summer Cruise
27th June 1934 - Sailed Malta
27th June 1934 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral A.B. Cunningham
29th June 1934 - Arrived Platea
6th July 1934 - Arrived Ithaca
6th July 1934 - Sailed Platea
12th July 1934 - Sailed Ithaca
12th July 1934 - Arrived Argostoli
19th July 1934 - Sailed Argostoli
20th July 1934 - Arrived Corfu
29th July 1934 - Sailed Corfu
30th July 1934 - Arrived Suda Bay
5th August 1934 - Sailed Suda Bay
6th August 1934 - Arrived Navarin
13th August 1934 - Destroyer Flagship in the Mediterranean
13th August 1934 - Sailed Navarin
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
10th September 1934 - Sailed Bakar bay for Lussin Piccolo
24th September 1934 - Arrived Gruz
8th October 1934 - Arrived Rogoznica
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd April 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar for Home Ports
26th April 1935 - Arrived Portsmouth
11th June 1935 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral A.B. Cunningham
11th June 1935 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
27th January 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
16th June 1936 - Sailed Malta for Alexandria
18th June 1936 - Arrived Alexandria
27th July 1936 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
10th October 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar for Portsmouth
7th April 1938 - Arrived Plymouth
10th April 1938 - Sailed Plymouth for trials
19th April 1938 - Sailed Plymouth
4th April 1939 - Sailed Portland for Portsmouth
25th August 1939 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
28th August 1939 - Arrived Gibraltar
31st August 1939 - Sailed Malta
31st August 1939 - Arrived Malta
2nd September 1939 - At Alexandria
3rd September 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
7th October 1939 - Sailed Alexandria for Malta
9th October 1939 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
9th October 1939 - Arrived Malta
11th October 1939 - Arrived Gibraltar and left the same day
14th October 1939 - Sailed Portland arrived Portsmouth the same night
14th October 1939 - Arrive Portland
19th October 1939 - Sailed Portsmouth for the Humber
20th October 1939 - Arrived Immingham
21st October 1939 - Sailed Immingham to support a convoy under air attack
26th October 1939 - Arrived Immingham with a steering gear fault
14th November 1939 - Completed repairs at Immingham
14th November 1939 - Sailed Grimsby for Sullom Voe
15th November 1939 - Sailed Immingham for duty at Sullom Voe
22nd November 1939 - Fired at German aircraft in Sullom Voe
25th December 1939 - At Sullom Voe
1st January 1940 - Damaged in an air raid on the Shetland Islands
1st January 1940 - At Scapa Flow
15th January 1940 - Sailed Sullom Voe for the Humber and arrived later the same day
16th January 1940 - Arrived Chatham for docking and repairs
14th February 1940 - Sailed Sullom Voe for repairs at Chatham,
15th February 1940 - Arrived in the Humber
29th April 1940 - Repairs completed at Chatham and sailed for Sheerness to take on ammunition
16th September 1940 - Arrived off Crete
27th November 1940 - Battle Of Cape Spartivento, Sardinia
27th November 1940 - Force D
13th December 1940 - Torpedoed by Italian submarine Neghelli torpedoes but she carries on
14th September 1942 - Sunk

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