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HMS Swiftsure (C08)

Swiftsure Class Light Cruiser

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Built by Vickers Armstrong, Tyne. Laid Down 22 November 1941.

Launched 4 February 1943. Completed 22 June 1944.

Paid off 1953 after being damaged by colliding with destroyer HMS Diamond. Broken up by Ward, Inverkeithing, 1962.

Swiftsure joined the Home Fleet on commissioning, then later in 1944 went to the Eastern Fleet, where, in November 1944, she became a unit of the newly formed British Pacific Fleet. In the Pacific she participated in the Okinawa Campaign of March-May 1945 and in June took part in the carrier raid on Truk by the British Pacific Fleet as TG 111.2, with the cruisers shelling the islands. In August this group re-entered Hong Kong and took the Japanese surrender there. Swiftsure served in the postwar fleet and was finally scrapped in the 1960s, arriving at the Inverkeithing yard of T. W. Ward on 17 October 1962.

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Swiftsure, nice photo
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docking at Hobart - xmas eve 1944
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