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HMS Bellona (C63)

Dido Group 2 Class Light (Anti Aircraft) Cruiser

March 1944
March 1944
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Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 30 November 1939.

Launched 29 September 1942. Completed 29 October 1943.

Loaned to the Royal New Zealand Navy 1946-1956. Returned to RN April 1956. In reserve 1956-1957. Broken up by Ward, Briton Ferry, 1959.

A personal experience of her war story is told here

Bellona served in the Channel and then formed part of the reserve force for the Normandy landings in June 1944. In July she covered the carrier raids against Tirpitz, but the following month was back in the Channel, attacking German convoy traffic in the Bay of Biscay and off the Brittany coast. She returned to northern waters for the remainder of the war, on Arctic convoys, carrier and cruiser sweeps along the Norwegian coastline, before arriving in Copenhagen at the German surrender in May 1945. After the war she was part of the 10th Cruiser Squadron until 1946, when she was loaned to the Royal New Zealand Navy, reverting to RN control after the transfer of Royalist in 1956. On 5 February 1958 she arrived at the Briton Ferry yard of T. W. Ward to be broken up.

on completion in 1943
on completion in 1943
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from the forecastle - October 1943
from the forecastle - October 1943
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looking forward from the bridge of Bellona, during RA 64, the roughest convoy of the war
looking forward from the bridge of Bellona, during RA 64, the roughest convoy of the war
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on board view of Bellona - early 1945
on board view of Bellona - early 1945
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escorting a Russian convoy - early 1945
escorting a Russian convoy - early 1945
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post-war
post-war
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