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HMS Black Prince (C81)

Dido Group 2 Class Light (Anti Aircraft) Cruiser

November 1943, Scapa Flow
November 1943, Scapa Flow
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 Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. Laid Down 1 December 1939.

Launched 27 August 1942. Completed 20 November 1943.

Loaned to RNZN 1946-1961. Returned to RN 1961.

Scrapped in Japan, 1962.

This class of cruisers is also known as Improved Dido or Bellona Class.

Information on the Black Prince Association and her war record can be found under the menu for Stories/War Records/Black Prince. A personal account of the Black Prince at war can be found under the menu Stories/Stories2/Black Prince.

She reverted to RN control, still in an unmodernised condition, on 1 April 1961. Sold for scrapping in March 1962, she left Auckland on 5 April 1962 in tow for breaking up at Mitsui & Co, Osaka, Japan, arriving there in May.

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good close up shot - July 1944
good close up shot - July 1944
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