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HMS Birmingham - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Birmingham

Name : HMS Birmingham
Laid Down : 18th July 1935
Launched : 1st September 1936
Completed : 18th November 1937
Type : Cruiser
Class : Southampton
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants : C19
Fate : Scrapped 7th September 1960.

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HMS Birmingham, January 1938.


HMS Birmingham, January 1938.


HMS Birmingham, September 1947.


HMS Birmingham, in reserve, April 1960.


HMS Birmingham, in reserve, April 1960.


HMS Birmingham at speed circa 1938


HMS Birmingham.


HMS Birmingham

Timeline Entries :


18th July 1935 - Laid Down at Devonport Dockyard
1st September 1936 - Launched
1st September 1936 - Pennant Number 19
18th November 1937 - Commissioned
January 1938 - 4th Cruiser Squadron, China Station
30th July 1938 - Arrived Wei Hai Wei
7th January 1939 - Sailed Hong Kong for Manila
9th January 1939 - Arrived Manila
14th January 1939 - Sailed Manila
20th January 1939 - Arrived Wei Hai Wei
20th January 1939 - Arrived Wei Hai Wei
6th June 1939 - Sailed Shanghai for Hong Kong
27th July 1939 - Sailed Wei Hai Wei for Woosung
31st July 1939 - Arrived Amoy
2nd September 1939 - 5th Cruiser Squadron, China Station
3rd September 1939 - Sailed Singapore to patrol Mentawi Island area then to Tricomalee
4th October 1939 - Sailed Singapore on patrol
22nd October 1939 - Arrived Singapore
28th October 1939 - Sailed Singapore for patrol in the Sunda Strait
4th November 1939 - Relieved by HMS Dauntless in the Sunda Strait
4th November 1939 - Relieved of patrol in the Sunda Strait by HMS Dauntless
6th November 1939 - Arrived Singapore
7th November 1939 - Sailed Singapore for Hong Kong
10th November 1939 - Arrived Hong Kong
13th November 1939 - Sailed Hong Kong on patrol in Chinese waters.
22nd November 1939 - Sailed Hong Kong
28th November 1939 - Arrived at Hong Kong escorting French liner Andre Lebon
6th December 1939 - Sailed Hong Kong to search for German steamer Burgenland
17th December 1939 - While refuelling, collided with tanker Francol at the Saddle Islands off Shanghai
27th December 1939 - Arrived at Hong Kong for docking
27th December 1939 - Arrived at Hong Kong for repairs
29th December 1939 - Repairs complete at Hong Kong
3rd January 1940 - Sailed Hong Kong for Singapore
3rd January 1940 - Sailed Hong Kong for UK
8th January 1940 - Arrived Singapore
11th January 1940 - Arrived Colombo
16th January 1940 - Arrived Aden
19th January 1940 - Arrived Suez
20th January 1940 - Attached to the Mediterranean Fleet as the Commander in Chief's Flagship
21st January 1940 - Arrived Malta for refitting
5th February 1940 - Completed refit. Sailed Malta for Alexandria
6th February 1940 - Arrived Alexandria
11th February 1940 - Sailed Alexandria. Patrolled in the Mediterranean
19th February 1940 - Sailed for the Home Fleet Malta
21st February 1940 - Passed Gibraltar
24th February 1940 - Arrived Portsmouth
6th March 1940 - Attached to the Portsmouth Command while refitting there
16th March 1940 - Sailed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow
19th March 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow from refitting.
May 1941 - Patrolled the Iceland-Faroes gap
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
29th January 1943 - Commissioned
15th May 1943 - Damaged during air attacks
12th November 1943 - Sailed Scapa Flow
11th May 1945 - Arrived Copenhagen
7th March 1946 - Sailed Portland
11th March 1946 - Arrived Gibraltar
12th March 1946 - Sailed Gibraltar
22nd March 1946 - Arrived Trinidad
25th March 1946 - Sailed Trinidad
28th March 1946 - Arrived Jamaica
1st April 1946 - Sailed Jamaica
3rd April 1946 - Arrived Nassau
6th April 1946 - Sailed Nassau
8th April 1946 - Arrived Bermuda
10th April 1946 - Sailed Bermuda
18th April 1946 - Arrived Portland
1950 - Commenced refit
1952 - Completed refit
7th January 1953 - Off Korea. Shelled Enemy positions
4th August 1955 - Sailed Chatham
8th August 1955 - Arrived Gibraltar
12th August 1955 - Sailed Gibraltar
15th August 1955 - Arrived Malta
9th September 1955 - Sailed Malta for Cyprus
11th September 1955 - Sailed Cyprus
11th September 1955 - Arrived Cyprus
13th September 1955 - Arrived Malta
15th September 1955 - Sailed Malta
16th September 1955 - Arrived Taranto
19th September 1955 - Sailed Taranto
20th September 1955 - Arrived Malta
21st September 1955 - Sailed Malta Exercise Medflex Champion
3rd October 1955 - Sailed Izmir
5th October 1955 - Arrived Malta
10th October 1955 - Sailed Malta
13th October 1955 - Arrived Algiers
16th October 1955 - Sailed Algiers
20th October 1955 - Sailed Malta
21st October 1955 - Arrived Naples
25th October 1955 - Sailed Naples
26th October 1955 - Arrived Malta
28th October 1955 - Self maintenance period at Malta
5th December 1955 - Completed self maintenance period at Malta
10th December 1955 - Sailed Malta
12th December 1955 - Arrived Algiers
14th December 1955 - Sailed Algiers
15th December 1955 - Arrived Gibraltar
19th December 1955 - Sailed Gibraltar
21st December 1955 - Arrived Malta
1960 - Broken up

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