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HMS Carlisle

Cairo Class Light Cruiser

early photo of Carlisle
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 Built by Fairfield. Laid Down 2 October 1917.

Launched 9 July 1918. Completed 16 November 1918.

Badly damaged by bombs 9 October 1943 - towed into Alexandria and declared a constructional total loss. Remained as a base ship for the rest of the war. Broken up locally 1948.

before the conversion - anybody know the date ?
before the conversion - anybody know the date ?
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prewar
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a camouflaged Carlisle in early 41
a camouflaged Carlisle in early 41
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Plymouth Sound 1942 - equipped as an AA cruiser with an additional 10 20mm Oerlikons
Plymouth Sound 1942 - equipped as an AA cruiser with an additional 10 20mm Oerlikons
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Plymouth Sound 1942
Plymouth Sound 1942
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Carlisle joined the 5th LCS at Harwich on completion, then on 1 March 1919 recommissioned and went out to China with this Squadron until 1928. Under refit between 1928/29, she then served on the Africa Station with the 6th Cruiser Squadron until relieved by Neptune on 16 March 1937. On her return home she reduced to reserve. In the summer of 1939 she was converted into an AA ship, the work not being completed until after the outbreak of war. On her return to service she participated in the Norwegian campaign, during which she intercepted and sank the German troop transport Nord Norge. By August 1940 she was in the Red Sea, covering the evacuation of Berbera, then spent the remainder of her career in the Mediterranean, where she participated in the Greek and Crete campaigns, Malta convoy operations, the defence of Suez and the Sicily landings. By October 1943 she was operating in the Aegean, and on 9 October she was bombed and badly damaged while on a sortie in the Scarpanto Channel south of Piraeus with two destroyers. Towed into Alexandria by Rockwood, she was declared a constructional total loss and not repaired, remaining at Alexandria as a base ship for the rest of the war. She lasted as a hulk until 1948, and was finally broken up locally.

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