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HMS Devonshire - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Devonshire

Name : HMS Devonshire
Laid Down : 16th March 1926
Launched : 22nd October 1927
Completed : 18th March 1929
Type : Cruiser
Class : London
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants : 39, C186 BPF, C39
Fate : Scrapped 1954

His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport launched this County class heavy cruiser on 22 October 1927 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 18 March 1929 DEVONSHIRE served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean until 1932, on the China Station until 1933, and the Mediterranean again until 1939. She participated in the Norwegian campaign, and evacuated the Norwegian Royal Family from Norway on 6 June 1940, two months after Germany invaded the country. She was part of the force for the raid on Dakar in August 1940, searched for the enemy German raider KORMORAN in the South Atlantic, and served with the Home Fleet off Norway and Russia until September 1941.

On November 21, 1941, DEVONSHIRE, with the help of her Supermarine Walrus observation plane located and then sunk a German merchant raider, the auxiliary cruiser ATLANTIS. She then participated in the assault on Madagascar in May 1942, served with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean until May 1943, underwent a refit until March 1944, served with the Home Fleet off Norway. After the war she became a training ship for young officers in 1947. DEVONSHIRE arrived at Newport on 12 December 1954 to be broken up by Cashmore's

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HMS Devonshire, May 1937.


HMS Devonshire pictured c.1930s


HMS Devonshire, 1936.

Timeline Entries :


16th March 1926 - Laid down at Devonport Dockyard
22nd October 1927 - Launched
22nd October 1927 - Pennant Number 39
18th March 1929 - Commissioned
7th January 1932 - Sailed Malta
8th January 1932 - Arrived Port Augusta
10th January 1932 - At Augusta
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
14th February 1932 - Sailed Malta for Far East
17th February 1932 - Arrived Port Said and sailed for Suez
16th April 1932 - Sailed Hong Kong for Amoy
17th April 1932 - Arrived Amoy
1st October 1932 - Capt. D. B. LeMottee in Command
1st October 1932 - On loan to China Staion in place of HMS Berwick
1st October 1932 - 5th Cruiser Squadron, China Station
1st October 1932 - 1st Cruiser Squadron. Mediterranean Fleet
1st October 1932 - Capt. D. B. Le Mottee in Command
10th February 1933 - Sailed Penang for Colombo
2nd March 1933 - Arrived Suez and sailed for Port Said
28th March 1933 - Sailed Polensa for Vado
30th March 1933 - Arrived Vado
12th April 1933 - Arrived St. Raphael
12th April 1933 - Arrived San Raphael
24th April 1933 - Sailed St. Raphael
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
12th October 1933 - Arrived Navarin
21st October 1933 - Sailed Navarin
23rd October 1933 - Arrived Malta
11th December 1933 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
10th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for short winter cruise
25th January 1934 - Arrived Malta
2nd February 1934 - Recommissioned at Plymouth for the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean
2nd February 1934 - Capt. H. Fitzherbert Assumed Command
10th February 1934 - Out of Dockyard hands at Plymouth
19th February 1934 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
23rd February 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
17th April 1934 - Capt. H. Fitzherbert in Command
20th April 1934 - Assumed Flagship of Rear-Admiral J.K. im Thurn
24th April 1934 - Assumed Flagship of Rear-Admiral J.K. im Thurn
27th June 1934 - Sailed Malta for Summer Cruise
9th July 1934 - Sailed Argostoli
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
31st August 1934 - Arrived Valona
10th September 1934 - Arrived Trieste
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
18th January 1935 - Sailed Constanza
8th April 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malta
11th April 1935 - Arrived Malta
3rd May 1935 - Arrived Larnaca
10th May 1935 - Sailed Larnaca
14th May 1935 - Arrived Malta
15th June 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar from Malta
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
31st July 1935 - Arrived Malta
2nd March 1936 - Arrived Malta
28th July 1936 - Arrived Valencia
3rd November 1936 - Commissioned
12th January 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
6th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
29th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
5th April 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
8th April 1937 - Arrived Valencia
8th April 1937 - Arrived Valencia
22nd April 1937 - Arrived Malta
22nd May 1937 - Arrived Plymouth
9th June 1937 - Sailed Plymouth
13th June 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
19th June 1937 - Arrived Malta
January 1938 - 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean
28th March 1938 - Arrived Malta
16th January 1939 - Sailed Malta for Eastern Area
18th January 1939 - Arrived Palma
22nd January 1939 - Arrived Marseilles
22nd January 1939 - Arrived Marseilles
23rd January 1939 - Arrived Caldetas
6th March 1939 - Sailed Marseilles for Gandia
18th March 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
21st March 1939 - Arrived Monte Carlo
28th March 1939 - Sailed Monte Carlo
28th March 1939 - Arrived Bordighera
29th March 1939 - Arrived Santa Margherita
4th April 1939 - Sailed Santa Marguerita for Malta
4th April 1939 - Sailed Bordighero
6th April 1939 - Arrived Malta
6th April 1939 - Arived Malta
31st July 1939 - Sailed Malta for Limasol
14th August 1939 - Sailed Limasol for Alexandria
3rd September 1939 - At Alexandria
3rd September 1939 - 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet
11th October 1939 - Sailed Alexandria for Malta
13th October 1939 - Arrived malta for repairs to her rudder
21st October 1939 - Repairs completed
24th October 1939 - Sailed Malta for Alexandria
26th October 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
3rd November 1939 - Sailed Alexandria
7th November 1939 - Arrived Gibraltar
8th November 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
11th November 1939 - Arrived Plymouth for repairs
21st November 1939 - Completed repairs at Plymouth
22nd November 1939 - Arrived at the Clyde for duty with the Home Fleet
25th November 1939 - Reported being shadowed by German aircraft
29th November 1939 - Sweeping north off the Norwegian coast
1st December 1939 - Patrolling 62°N between Norway and the Shetlands
3rd December 1939 - On patrol to the northeast of the Shetlands
4th December 1939 - Arrived Loch Ewe en route to the Clyde
6th December 1939 - Arrived in the Clyde from Loch Ewe
9th December 1939 - Sailed the Clyde to relieve Berwick on Northern Patrol
12th December 1939 - On Northern Patrol patrolled in 53.55N, 25.00W
15th December 1939 - Was 480 miles W by N of Malin Head
22nd December 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow
22nd December 1939 - Arrived at Scapa Flow from Northern Patrol, refuelled, and left again that same day for the Patrol
2nd January 1940 - Sailed the Clyde on Northern Patrol
3rd January 1940 - Arrived the Clyde
9th January 1940 - Arrived Rosyth from Northern Patrol for de-magnetization
18th January 1940 - After undergoing alterations, departed Rosyth for Northern Patrol
19th January 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
27th January 1940 - On Northern patrol
2nd February 1940 - Arrived in the Clyde from northern patrol
7th February 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Northern Patrol
9th February 1940 - Brought in Norwegian steamer Trafalgarfor for investigation. She was later boarded and released.
11th February 1940 - Intercepted Norwegian steamer Borglandand requested a trawler to take her in to Kirkwall.
20th February 1940 - Arrived Greenock
22nd February 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Rosyth
22nd February 1940 - Arrived Rosyth.
15th March 1940 - Sailed Rosyth for for patrol in the Denmark Strait
10th June 1944 - Sailed Scapa Flow
2nd May 1945 - Arrived Scapa Flow
5th August 1945 - Sailed Sydney
27th February 1948 - Sailed Kingston for Belize
2nd March 1948 - Arrived Belize
12th June 1948 - Arrived Stockholm
12th June 1948 - Capt. St. John Cronyn
19th June 1948 - Sailed Stockholm
15th June 1953 - Participated in 1953 Coronation Review
1954 - Sold and broken up

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