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HMS Suffolk - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Suffolk

Name : HMS Suffolk
Laid Down : 30th September 1924
Launched : 16th February 1926
Completed : 31st May 1928
Type : Cruiser
Class : Kent
Builder : Portsmouth
Country : UK
Pennants : 55, C181, C55
Fate : Scrapped June 1948

His Majesty’s Dockyard Portsmouth launched this County class heavy cruiser on 16 February 1926 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 7 February 1928. SUFFOLK, like her sisters, served on the China Station until the outbreak of World War II, although she returned to the United Kingdom for a refit at Chatham between 1935 and 1936, which added more armour and a catapult and hangar for Walrus aircraft. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled northern waters. In April 1940 she participated in the Norwegian Campaign. On 13 April 1940 she arrived at Tórshavn to commence the British pre-emptive occupation of the Faroe Islands. On 14 April she sank the German tanker SKAGERRAK (6044 tons) northwest of Bodø, Norway.

On 17 April 1940 SUFFOLK bombarded the German-occupied airfield at Sola, Stavanger. During her return from this operation German bombers badly damaged her and she was fortunate to survive, returning to Scapa Flow with her stern awash the next morning. SUFFOLK was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 under repair on the Clyde During May 1941 SUFFOLK took part in the Battle of the Denmark Strait and and was the first to sight the German battleship BISMARCK. SUFFOLK engaged the battleship twice during the battle firing several salvoes at her.

After her repairs SUFFOLK served with the Home Fleet, escorting convoys in Arctic waters until the end of 1942, then underwent a refit between December 1942 and April 1943. On completion of this the ship went to the Eastern Fleet, operating in the Indian Ocean until the end of the war. SUFFOLK arrived at J Cashmore's (Newport, Wales) for scrapping on 24 June 1948.

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HMS Suffolk, 1928.


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


HMS Suffolk pictured c.1936


HMS Suffolk at Nanking in December 1929.


HMS Suffolk, location unknown.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Admiral Suzuki & Rear Admiral Meade.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Members of the Diplomatic Corps & Embassy.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Capt. G. Arbuthnot & The Earl of Airlie with H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Capt. G. Arbuthnot D.S.O. & Commander C.B. Simeon with Japanese Naval Officers.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : The Earl of Airlie M.C. with H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Sir John Tilley, British Ambassador arrives on board HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : The Earl of Airlie - Maj Gen Elles with Comdr C B Simeon on board HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : H.I.H. Prince Chichibu of Japan arrives on board HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : Capt. G. Arbuthnot D.S.O. greets member of the Diplomatic Corps.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : The Earl of Airlie M.C. on board HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolks Tour to the Far East c.1929 -1930 : The Earl of Airlie M.C. & Sir John Tilley on board HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolk off Hong Kong, c.1930.


HMS Suffolk c.1930.


HMS Suffolk c.1930, possibly at Tokio.


HMS Suffolk, May 1933.

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HMS Suffolk in the Far East.


HMS Suffolk, February 1937. With Flying boat K8538.


HMS Suffolk.


HMS Suffolk - Libertymen leaving ship for the last time before sailing for China, Saturday 5th August 1933.

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