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HMS Naiad

Dido Class Light Cruiser

October 1940
October 1940
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Built by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn. Laid Down 26 August 1937.

Launched 3 February 1939. Completed 24 July 1940.

Sunk 11 March 1942 while seeking a reported damaged Italian cruiser by torpedoes from German submarine U565, south of Crete (77 lost).

Naiad joined the Home Fleet and was used for ocean trade protection duties. As part of the 15th Cruiser Squadron she took part in operations against German raiders following the sinking of Jervis Bay in November 1940. In December and January she escorted WS convoys to Freetown, but at the end of January 1941 was back in northern waters when she briefly sighted Scharnhorst and Gneisenau south of Iceland as the German ships were in the course of breaking out into the Atlantic. By May 1941 Naiad was with Force H on Malta convoy operations, and Flagship of the 15th Cruiser Squadron. She participated in the Crete operations and then operated against Vichy-French forces in Syria, where, together with Leander, she engaged the French Guepard. The remainder of her service was in the Mediterranean, mostly connected with the continual attempts to resupply Malta. However, in March 1942 she sailed from Alexandria to attack an Italian cruiser reported damaged. This report was false, and on the return Naiad was torpedoed and sunk north of Mersa Matruh by U565 on 11 March.

Naiad off Jan Mayen island inside the Arctic Circle - November 1940
Naiad off Jan Mayen island inside the Arctic Circle - November 1940
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Naiad, 1940 - 1941
Naiad, 1940 - 1941
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putting up an AA barrage with her main armament
putting up an AA barrage with her main armament
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near missed by a bomb
near missed by a bomb
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Naiad in the Mediterranean
Naiad in the Mediterranean
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U-565 - the Uboat that sank Naiad
U-565 - the Uboat that sank Naiad
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