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HMS Charybdis

Dido Class Light Cruiser

as completed, shipping 8 x 4.5inch DP guns
as completed, shipping 8 x 4.5inch DP guns
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Built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. Laid Down 9 November 1939.

Launched 17 September 1940. Completed 3 December 1941.

For details of her war record, follow this link.

She was sunk 23 October 1943 by torpedoes from German MTBs T23 and T27, in a night action off northern France (462 lost).

Charybdis served with the Home Fleet until April 1942, then went to Gibraltar to replace Hermione with Force H. She covered several operations to reinforce the fighter defences of Malta by launching replacements from aircraft carriers in the western Mediterranean, and took part in the Pedestal and Harpoon convoys. In November 1942 she was part of Force O with the Eastern Task Force during the Torch landings. In September 1943 she was at the Salerno landings, but returned home to the Plymouth command afterwards. On 23 October 1943 she was torpedoed and sunk by the German torpedo boats T23 and T27 in a night action off the north coast of Brittany.

on completion in late 1941
on completion in late 1941
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Charybdis - showing the early camouflage pattern
Charybdis - showing the early camouflage pattern
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February 1942 - note type 272 surface radar added and a complete change of paintwork
February 1942 - note type 272 surface radar added and a complete change of paintwork
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camouflaged against the background of Gibralter, 1942
camouflaged against the background of Gibralter, 1942
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off Salerno, Beaufighters overhead - this was thought to be Scylla, checking the camouflage pattern by Tim Stoneman indicates it is probably Charybdis
off Salerno, Beaufighters overhead - this was thought to be Scylla, checking the camouflage pattern by Tim Stoneman indicates it is probably Charybdis
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