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HMS Sussex - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Sussex

Name : HMS Sussex
Laid Down : 1st February 1927
Launched : 22nd February 1928
Completed : 19th March 1929
Type : Cruiser
Class : London
Builder : Hawthorn Leslie
Country : UK
Pennants : 96, C96, C174
Fate : Scrapped 1950

Hawthorn Leslie launched this County class heavy cruiser at Hebburn-on-Tyne on 22 February 1928 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 19 March 1929 SUSSEX served in the Mediterranean until 1934, with the Australia Squadron until 1936, in the Mediterranean again until 1939, and, with her sistership HMS SHROPSHIRE, formed Group "H" in the South Atlantic during the search for the enemy German raider ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE until December 1939. During this period, on 2 December 1939, she, with the British battlecruiser HMS RENOWN intercepted the German passenger ship WATUSSI in the South Atlantic off Cape Town, South Africa.

SUSSEX served with the Home Fleet during the Norwegian campaign. She was in drydock in Glasgow for refit on 18 September 1940 when German bombs hit her and did not return to service until August 1942. Afterwards she served in the Atlantic, where she intercepted the German supply ship HOHENFRIEDBERG, on 26 February 1943. The ship scuttled itself when challenged and at the same time a spread of torpedoes from U-264 narrowly missed SUSSEX.

SUSSEX then transferred to the British Eastern Fleet until the end of the war. Japanese dive-bombers acting as "Kamikaze" suicide weapons attacked her Task Force on 26 July 1945; the escort carrier AMEER shot down one and SUSSEX shot down the second. However, this one bounced on the surface of the sea and hit the cruiser's hull above the waterline, causing a 2 metre dent. Later the same day SUSSEX downed another aircraft. Following the end of hostilities she covered the reoccupation of the Netherlands East Indies before returning home. HMS SUSSEX paid off in 1949 and arrived at Dalmuir in Scotland on 23 February 1950 for scrapping by W. H. Arnott, Young and Company, Limited.

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Crash on HMS Sussex, April 1932.


HMS Sussex, 1929.


HMS Sussex, 1935.


HMS Sussex, 1935.


HMS Sussex, laid up, October 1949.


HMS Sussex, laid up, October 1949.


HMS Sussex Glee Party at Wei-Hai-Wei early 1930s


One of the County Class Cruisers, taken from HMS Sussex on trials, September 1930.


Looking aft from HMS Sussex, September 1930


Taken during the sea trials of HMS Sussex.

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HMS Suffolk. Photograph taken over the stern of HMS Sussex.

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