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HMS Dido |
Laid Down : 20th October 1937
Launched : 18th July 1939
Completed : 30th September 1940
Type : Cruiser
Class : Dido
Builder : Cammell Laird
Country : UK
Pennants : 37, C37
Fate : Scrapped 16th July 1958
HMS Dido (Light Cruiser) built by Cammell Laird and laid down 20th October 1937 was launched on 18th July 1939, and commissioned into the Royal navy on 30th September 1940. Served with the home Fleet 1940 - 1941, then moved to the Mediterranean , she took part in the evacuation of troops and defense of Crete, where she was damaged on B gun, killing 46 men. HMS Dido took part in the second Battle of Sirte during 1942, she sank three supply ships off North Africa. She also took part in the Anzio landings and the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. then returned to the Home Fleet end of 1944 till the end of the war. Due to being to cramped and not very stable HMS Dido along with the rest of the class were not modified and finally broken up on the 16th July 1958 at Barrow. Displacement: 5,450 tons Speed: 33kts Complement: 530 (556 as a Flagship) Armament: Ten 5.25 inch de-perming guns in pairs. Eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in fours as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in fours. Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes.
HMS Dido Photos for Sale
HS Dido, July 1947.
HMS Dido at anchor somewhere in Scotland.
Timeline Entries :
20th October 1937 - Laid down at Cammell Laird (Birkenhead)
18th July 1939 - Launched
18th July 1939 - Pennant Number 37
20th March 1940 - Sailed Alexandria on "Operation save Malta"
30th September 1940 - Commissioned
19th September 1941 - At Brooklyn repairing
13th June 1942 - Sailed from Alexandria to join Convoy MW11 which had sailed earlier from Egypt (Operation VIGOROUS).
14th June 1942 - Met convoy and came under air attacks. Under threat of attack by U77
15th June 1942 - Under attack by German E-Boats
18th November 1942 - Sailed Alexandra to provide cover for passage of Convoy MW13 to Malta.
13th December 1942 - Deployed and carried out successful attack on convoy off Tunisia.
25th January 1944 - Supported land forces south of Rome
25th January 1944 - Capt. J. Terry in Command
11th May 1945 - Arrived Copenhagen
4th July 1945 - Arrived Douglas I.O.M. with the King and Queen
12th June 1947 - Sailed Stockholm
15th June 1953 - Participated in 1953 Coronation Review
1958 - Broken up
HMS Dido Artwork Collection
HMS Dido by Ivan Berryman.
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Last edited : 19:03, March 16, 2011
By : jbryce1437
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