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HMS Galatea - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Galatea

Name : HMS Galatea
Laid Down : 2nd June 1933
Launched : 9th August 1934
Completed : 14th August 1935
Type : Cruiser
Class : Arethusa
Builder : Scotts
Country : UK
Pennants : 71
Fate : Sunk 14th December 1941

Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) launched this Arethusa class light cruiser on 9 August 1934 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 14 August 1935. GALATEA joined the Mediterranean Fleet on commissioning as the flagship of Rear Admiral (Destroyers). She returned to home waters after the outbreak of war, taking part in operations to intercept Axis merchantmen attempting to break out of Vigo between February and March 1940. In April 1940 she took part in the Norwegian campaign, after which she joined the Nore Command as Flagship of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron on anti-invasion duties and assisted in the evacuation of British forces from French Biscay ports.

On 1 September 1940 GALATEA struck a mine. After repair and refit between October 1940 to January 1941), she remained with the Home Fleet until May 1941, and was involved in hunting the BISMARCK. In July 1941 she sailed around Africa to join the 15th Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet. In December, she sailed from Alexandria to join Force K, based at Malta, operating against the Axis supply convoys to North Africa, but late on 14 December 1941 the German submarine U-557 torpedoed and sank GALATEA off Alexandria, Egypt. Captain Sim, 22 officers and 447 ratings were killed.

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HMS Galatea, May 1937.


HMS Galatea, May 1937.


HMS Galatea pictured in September 1936 at Malta.


HMS Galatea.

Timeline Entries :


2nd June 1933 - Laid down at Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)
2nd June 1933 - Laid down at Scotts (Greenock)
9th June 1934 - Launched
9th June 1934 - Pennant Number 71
15th April 1935 - Capt. J.H. Edelsten Assumed Command
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
4th August 1935 - Commissioned
14th August 1935 - Sailed Greenock for Plymouth
14th August 1935 - Sailed Greenock
15th August 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
16th August 1935 - Sailed Plymouth
16th August 1935 - Capt. W.L. Jackson in Command
16th August 1935 - 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean
16th August 1935 - Arrived Plymouth from the Scotts Shipbuilding, Greenock
16th August 1935 - Arrived Weymouth
17th August 1935 - Arrived Portland
17th August 1935 - Sailed Weymouth
5th October 1935 - Sailed Portland
5th October 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
5th October 1935 - Sailed Plymouth
7th October 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar
7th October 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
9th October 1935 - Sailed Malta
9th October 1935 - Arrived Malta
11th October 1935 - Arrived Alexandria
27th December 1935 - Sailed Alexandria
29th December 1935 - Arrived Malta
6th January 1936 - Sailed Malta
8th January 1936 - Arrived Alexandria
8th April 1936 - Rear-Admiral J.F. Somerville Assumed Command of the Mediterranean Fleet Destroyer Flotillas
8th April 1936 - Rear-Admiral A.B. Cunningham Relinquised Command of the Mediterranean Fleet Destroyer Flotillas
12th May 1936 - Sailed Alexandria
12th May 1936 - Sailed Alexandria for Malta
14th May 1936 - Arrived Malta
20th May 1936 - Sailed Malta
30th May 1936 - Arrived Alexandria
30th May 1936 - Arrived Alexandria
16th July 1936 - Sailed Alexandria
21st July 1936 - Arrived Malta
30th July 1936 - Sailed Malta
1st August 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
1st August 1936 - Arrived Tangier
1st August 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
9th August 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
9th August 1936 - Sailed Tangier
14th August 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
15th August 1936 - Arrived Palma
20th August 1936 - Sailed Palma
20th August 1936 - Arrived Porto Cristo
20th August 1936 - Sailed Porto Cristo
21st August 1936 - Arrived Iviza
23rd August 1936 - Sailed Iviza
27th August 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th August 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
28th August 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th August 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
31st August 1936 - Arrived Palma
2nd September 1936 - Arrived Palma
2nd September 1936 - Arrived Porto Cristo
2nd September 1936 - Sailed Porto Cristo
12th September 1936 - Sailed Palma
12th September 1936 - Sailed Palma for Malta
14th September 1936 - Arrived Malta
30th September 1936 - Sailed Malta
3rd October 1936 - Arrived Malta
12th October 1936 - Sailed Malta
14th October 1936 - Arrived Palma
15th October 1936 - Sailed Palma
17th October 1936 - Arrived Malta
26th November 1936 - Sailed Malta
28th November 1936 - Arrived Palma
29th November 1936 - Sailed Palma
30th November 1936 - Arrived Alicante
30th November 1936 - Sailed Alicante
1st December 1936 - Sailed Valencia
1st December 1936 - Arrived Valencia
2nd December 1936 - Arrived Barcelona
2nd December 1936 - Sailed Barcelona
3rd December 1936 - Arrived Palma
16th December 1936 - Sailed Palma
17th December 1936 - Arrived Barcelona
17th December 1936 - Sailed Barcelona
18th December 1936 - Arrived Alicante
18th December 1936 - Sailed Alicante
19th December 1936 - Arrived Palma
21st December 1936 - Sailed Palma
23rd December 1936 - Arrived Malta
24th December 1936 - Arrived Cartegena
24th December 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
24th December 1936 - Arrived Malaga
24th December 1936 - Sailed Cartegena
24th December 1936 - Sailed Malaga
6th January 1937 - Sailed Malta
9th January 1937 - Arrived Palma
13th January 1937 - Sailed Palma for Malta
13th January 1937 - Sailed Palma
16th January 1937 - Arrived Malta
21st January 1937 - Sailed Malta
23rd January 1937 - Arrived Zaverda
1st February 1937 - Sailed Zaverda
3rd February 1937 - Arrived Malta
27th February 1937 - Sailed Malta
3rd March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
5th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd March 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
25th March 1937 - Arrived Lagouletted
25th March 1937 - Arrived Tunisia
31st March 1937 - Sailed Tunisia
1st April 1937 - Arrived Malta
5th May 1937 - Sailed Malta
7th May 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
8th May 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
13th May 1937 - Arrived Portsmouth
21st May 1937 - Sailed Portsmouth
22nd May 1937 - Arrived Plymouth
22nd May 1937 - Arrived Plymouth
9th June 1937 - Sailed Plymouth
9th June 1937 - Sailed Plymouth
13th June 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd June 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
25th June 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
26th June 1937 - Arrived Tangier
26th June 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
29th June 1937 - Sailed Tangier
29th June 1937 - Sailed Tangier
29th June 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
29th June 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
7th July 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
8th July 1937 - Arrived Palma
9th July 1937 - Sailed Palma
10th July 1937 - Sailed Barcelona
10th July 1937 - Arrived Barcelona
11th July 1937 - Arrived Valencia
11th July 1937 - Sailed Valencia
11th July 1937 - Arrived Valencia
12th July 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
19th July 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
23rd July 1937 - Arrived Malta
23rd July 1937 - Arrived Malta
12th August 1937 - Sailed Malta
14th August 1937 - Arrived Valencia
19th August 1937 - Sailed Valencia
20th August 1937 - Arrived Palma
22nd August 1937 - Sailed Palma
23rd August 1937 - Arrived Valencia
26th August 1937 - Sailed Valencia
27th August 1937 - Arrived Palma
29th August 1937 - Sailed Palma
30th August 1937 - Arrived Valencia
30th August 1937 - Sailed Valencia
31st August 1937 - Arrived Palma
31st August 1937 - Sailed Palma
September 1937 - Arrived Valencia
2nd September 1937 - Arrived Valencia
3rd September 1937 - Sailed Valencia
4th September 1937 - Arrived Palma
9th September 1937 - Sailed Palma
10th September 1937 - Sailed Valencia
10th September 1937 - Arrived Valencia
11th September 1937 - Arrived Barcelona
12th September 1937 - Sailed Barcelona
13th September 1937 - Arrived Palma
15th September 1937 - Sailed Palma
15th September 1937 - Arrived Valencia
16th September 1937 - Sailed Valencia
17th September 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
19th September 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
22nd September 1937 - Sailed Oran
22nd September 1937 - Arrived Oran
23rd September 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
25th September 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th September 1937 - Arrived Valencia
27th September 1937 - Sailed Valencia
28th September 1937 - Sailed Barcelona
28th September 1937 - Arrived Barcelona
29th September 1937 - Arrived Palma
29th September 1937 - Sailed Palma
30th September 1937 - Arrived Malta
21st October 1937 - Sailed Malta
21st October 1937 - Sailed Malta
24th October 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
24th October 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
3rd November 1937 - Arrived Oran
3rd November 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
8th November 1937 - Sailed Oran
9th November 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
16th November 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
16th November 1937 - Arrived Ceuta
17th November 1937 - Sailed Ceuta
20th November 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
23rd November 1937 - Arrived Cadiz
23rd November 1937 - Sailed Cadiz
23rd November 1937 - Arrived Palma
23rd November 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
29th November 1937 - Sailed Palma
30th November 1937 - Arrived Marseilles
1st December 1937 - Sailed Marseilles
2nd December 1937 - Sailed Barcelona
2nd December 1937 - Arrived Barcelona
3rd December 1937 - Sailed Valencia
4th December 1937 - Arrived Palma
6th December 1937 - Sailed Palma
6th December 1937 - Sailed Palma
8th December 1937 - Arrived Malta
5th January 1938 - Sailed Malta
6th January 1938 - Arrived Zaverda
7th January 1938 - Sailed Zaverda
7th January 1938 - Arrived Petala
11th January 1938 - Sailed Petala
12th January 1938 - Arrived Malta
3rd March 1938 - Sailed Malta
5th March 1938 - Arrived Gibraltar
7th March 1938 - Sailed Gibraltar
11th March 1938 - Arrived Gibraltar
13th March 1938 - Sailed Gibraltar
17th March 1938 - Arrived Gibraltar
26th March 1938 - Sailed Gibraltar
28th March 1938 - Arrived Malta
28th March 1938 - Arrived Malta
31st March 1938 - Sailed Malta
31st March 1938 - Capt. G.L. Warren in Command
31st March 1938 - Sailed Malta
3rd April 1938 - Arrived Gibraltar and sailed same day for Plymouth
6th April 1938 - Arrived Plymouth
7th April 1938 - Arrived Plymouth
7th April 1938 - Arrived Plymouth from the Mediterranean
8th April 1938 - Arrived Devonport
6th March 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
18th March 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
21st March 1939 - Arrived Golfe Juan
30th March 1939 - Arrived Gandia
30th March 1939 - Sailed Golfe Juan
1st April 1939 - Arrived Malta
6th April 1939 - Arrived Cartegena and sailed same day for Malta
2nd September 1939 - At Alexandria
1st October 1939 - Sailed Alexandria on patrol
7th October 1939 - Sailed Malta for Alexandria
10th October 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
20th October 1939 - Sailed Alexandria
27th October 1939 - Arrived Malta
28th October 1939 - Sailed Malta
30th October 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
6th November 1939 - Sailed Port Said
7th November 1939 - Arrived Haifa
8th November 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
9th November 1939 - Sailed Alexandria on patrol
19th November 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
24th November 1939 - Sailed Alexandria
3rd December 1939 - Arrived Malta
10th December 1939 - Sailed Malta
19th December 1939 - Arrived Malta
10th January 1940 - Sailed Malta for Alexandria
13th January 1940 - Arrived Alexandria
14th January 1940 - Sailed Alexandria
17th January 1940 - Arrived Malta
22nd January 1940 - Sailed Malta on patrol
30th January 1940 - Arrived Malta
8th February 1940 - At Malta
9th February 1940 - Sailed Malta for UK
9th February 1940 - Ceased Flagship of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey
11th February 1940 - Arrived Gibraltar
12th February 1940 - Sailed Gibraltar for the German ships which had escaped from Vigo
12th February 1940 - Sailed Gibraltar escorting Convoy HG.18
15th February 1940 - Arrived Plymouth
15th February 1940 - Arrived Plymouth
2nd March 1940 - Sailed Portsmouth to join the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, and arrived on the 4th.
4th March 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
9th March 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow on Northern Patrol.
10th March 1940 - Became Flagship of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron
10th March 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow for Rosyth
11th March 1940 - Arrived Rosyth
12th March 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow
13th March 1940 - Sailed Rosyth for the Clyde
14th March 1940 - Arrived in The Clyde
15th March 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow
16th March 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
20th March 1940 - 2nd Cruiser Squadron
20th March 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
23rd March 1940 - Arrived Rosyth
17th April 1940 - Sailed Rosyth with 1,000 troops of 148 Infantry Brigade for Namsos
24th May 1940 - Sailed Portsmouth to bombard concealed batteries off Calais. Called off returned to Sheerness
26th May 1940 - Sailed Sheerness to bombard concealed batteries off Calais. Called off returned to Sheerness
14th December 1941 - Sunk
14th December 1941 - Sunk by U 577 off Alexandria

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