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HMS Kenya (C14)

Fiji Class Light Cruiser

with an Arctic convoy
with an Arctic convoy
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 Built by Alex. Stephen, Govan. Laid Down 18 June 1938.

Launched 18 August 1939. Completed 27 September 1940.

Collision with destroyer Brighton 25/6/41 - repaired Rosyth 7/41 - 8/41. Torpedoed 12/8/42 during Pedestal - repaired Tyne 8/42 - 12/42.

Follow this link for details of her war record.

Paid off 1958. Broken up by Shipbreaking Industries, Faslane, 1962.

Kenya also joined the Home Fleet, and covered the WS convoys at the time the major surface raiders were at large in the Atlantic. In May 1941, as part of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron, she was involved in the hunt for Bismarck, and in June, accompanied by Aurora, she intercepted one of the German battleship's intended supply ships, Belchen, in the Davies Strait. In September she went to the Mediterranean for Operation Halberd, but returned to the Home Fleet and served in Arctic waters, operating off northern Norway in November, where she bombarded coastal positions. In December 1941 she covered the Vaagso raid and then remained in northern waters until June 1942, when she returned to the Mediterranean for Operations Harpoon/Vigorous. She also participated in Operation Pedestal in August 1942, but was damaged by a torpedo from the Italian submarine Alagi on 12 August. Repairs lasted until December 1942. She remained in the Home Fleet throughout 1943, but then went to the Eastern Fleet, and by January 1944 was serving with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on that station. In 1944 she covered the carrier raids by the Eastern Fleet on Japanese-held islands in the Indian Ocean and on oil installations in the East Indies. In early 1945 she covered the Arakan landings and raids against the Malayan coastline before returning home. After a refit during 1945/46, she served on the America and West Indies Station, 8th Cruiser Squadron, from October 1946 to December 1947, and then, after a period in reserve and refit, joined the 5th Cruiser Squadron in the Far East, seeing service in the Korean war. She was in the East Indies with the 4th Cruiser Squadron during 1951/52, then in the Mediterranean with the 1st Cruiser Squadron in 1952/55 before returning to Portsmouth on 24 February 1953 to reduce to reserve. In 1955 she was refitted and went out to the 8th Cruiser Squadron on the America and West Indies Station, returning to Portsmouth on 5 November 1956. Subsequently she served with the Home Fleet until 1957, when she went to the Mediterranean for the 1st Cruiser Squadron as flagship 1957/58. She finally paid off in September 1958, remaining in reserve at Portsmouth until sold in 1962. She arrived at the Faslane yard of Shipbreaking Industries on 29 October 1962.

Pedestal convoy, August 1942 - already damaged (see below) and under air attack, taken from Charybdis
Pedestal convoy, August 1942 - already damaged (see below) and under air attack, taken from Charybdis
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in dry dock after being hit by an E-boat torpedo during Pedestal
in dry dock after being hit by an E-boat torpedo during Pedestal
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served with the Home Fleet 1940 - 43, then with the Eastern Fleet
served with the Home Fleet 1940 - 43, then with the Eastern Fleet
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the 1st Cruiser Squadron in line ahead in the Med. in 1951/52 - taken from HMS Liverpool and the ship trying to take our stern off is HMS Kenya. there has been some lively debate about the identity of this ship with views changing from Belfast, to Glasgow, Birmingham, Gambia and finally Kenya. The final vote for Kenya derives from there being no director in front of the bridge, the lack of knuckle on the bow, and no bulge down the side - this seems to limit it to a Fiji class and the only one in the Med at this time was Kenya. Anyone disagree ?
the 1st Cruiser Squadron in line ahead in the Med. in 1951/52 - taken from HMS Liverpool and the ship trying to take our stern off is HMS Kenya. there has been some lively debate about the identity of this ship with views changing from Belfast, to Glasgow, Birmingham, Gambia and finally Kenya. The final vote for Kenya derives from there being no director in front of the bridge, the lack of knuckle on the bow, and no bulge down the side - this seems to limit it to a Fiji class and the only one in the Med at this time was Kenya. Anyone disagree ?
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