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HMS Euryalus

Dido Class Light Cruiser

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 Built by Chatham Dockyard. Laid Down 21 October 1937.

Launched 6 June 1939. Completed 30 June 1941.

Paid off 1954. In reserve 1954-1959. Broken up by Hughes Bolckow, Blyth, 1959.

Euryalus arrived in the Mediterranean in September 1941 and joined the 15th Cruiser Squadron at Alexandria. She participated in all the major operations to resupply Malta, the 1st and 2nd Battles of Sirte, and carried out bombardments in support of the army in North Africa. By January 1943 she was with Force K, shelling Axis positions in Tunisia, and bombarded Pantelleria in May/June. With the 12th Cruiser Squadron she participated in the Sicily landings, and later, at Salerno, she was part of Force V with the Escort Carrier Command. After Salerno she returned home to refit between October 1943 and July 1944, then served with the Home Fleet, covering raids on the Norwegian coast until November. At the end of the year Euryalus sailed for the Far East, and by 16 January was at Trincomalee, 5th Cruiser Squadron, for the British Pacific Fleet. In the Pacific she was at part of the force covering the carrier raids on Sakashima Gunto, Okinawa, in March to May 1945, then shelled the Japanese mainland in the final weeks of the war before sailing to the China Sea for the reoccupation of Hong Kong. She returned to Sheerness on 17 February 1947 to go into reserve, but was refitted during August 1947 to January 1948, and then recommissioned on 20 February 1948 for the Mediterranean, 1st Cruiser Squadron, where she remained until the summer of 1952. Between 1952 and 1954 she served with the 6th Cruiser Squadron in the South Atlantic before returning to Devonport on 19 September 1954 to pay off. After a period in reserve she was put up for disposal, and arrived at Blyth on 18 July 1959 to be scrapped by Hughes Bolkow.

right after completion - June 1941
right after completion - June 1941
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June 1941
June 1941
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resupply at sea, taken from Formidable
resupply at sea, taken from Formidable
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following Cleopatra who is laying a smoke screen, second battle of Sirte.
following Cleopatra who is laying a smoke screen, second battle of Sirte.
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nice pic of the bridge and A and B turrets taken during the second Sirte battle, on the horizon from the left are Breconshire, Penelope and Cleopatra.
nice pic of the bridge and A and B turrets taken during the second Sirte battle, on the horizon from the left are Breconshire, Penelope and Cleopatra.
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mid 1943 off Malta with a comprehensive radar outfit
mid 1943 off Malta with a comprehensive radar outfit
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entering Valetta Harbour, Malta
entering Valetta Harbour, Malta
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Malta post war
Malta post war
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1947
1947
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Euryalus - nice late photo
Euryalus - nice late photo
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