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HMS Berwick

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser

1927 - before the funnels were raised
1927 - before the funnels were raised
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Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 15 September 1924.

Launched 30 March 1926. Completed 12 July 1927.

Damaged by cruiser gunfire 25/12/40 Azores - repairs Portsmouth and Rosyth 1/41 - 6/41.

Paid off 1946. Broken up by Hughes Bolckow, Blyth, 1948

Berwick went out to the China Station on completion, where she remained until a temporary detachment to the Mediterranean in 1936. After reconstruction in 1937/38, the ship served on the America and West Indies Station with the 8th Cruiser Squadron until 1939. From September that year she served on Ocean convoy escort duties, then formed part of Force F (with York) when hunting groups were formed to find the German raiders. She did not make contact with any raider, but intercepted the mercantile blockade runners Wolfsburg and Uruguay in the Denmark Straits during March 1940. In April she participated in the Norwegian Campaign, then later in the year was despatched to the Mediterranean, arriving at Gibraltar for Force H on 7 November. She participated in several operations in this theatre, including the action off Cape Spartivento, escorting the Taranto raid force, and the transport of troops to Greece. On 24 November 1940 Berwick, Formidable and Norfolk were formed into Force K and despatched to Freetown to hunt for Admiral Scheer, but in the event Berwick never actually joined this group. She did, however, form part of the escort to convoy WS5a at the time of the attack on it by Admiral Hipper on 25 December, north-west of the Azores, when she was hit and damaged by the German cruiser. She returned to Britain for repairs, which were not finally completed until the end of June 1941, although the damage was not severe. She now joined the Home Fleet, taking part in operations against Tirpitz in February 1942. For the remainder of her wartime career Berwick served in the Arctic theatre, covering the Russian convoys, carrier raids on Tirpitz and, in 1944/45, carrier raids on the Norwegian coast. After the war she was allocated to BISCO for scrapping on 15 June 1948 and arrived at Hughes Bolkow, Blyth, on 12 July for breaking up.

1927 - before the funnels were raised
1927 - before the funnels were raised
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the steamer Wolfsburg scuttling - 2nd March 1940, Denmark Straits
the steamer Wolfsburg scuttling - 2nd March 1940, Denmark Straits
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the steamer Uruguay scuttling - 6th March 1940, Denmark Straits
the steamer Uruguay scuttling - 6th March 1940, Denmark Straits
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early in the war before end 1942 - modernised and with radar and additional AA
early in the war before end 1942 - modernised and with radar and additional AA
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Devonport August 1942 - after the second modernisation with the hanger removed
Devonport August 1942 - after the second modernisation with the hanger removed
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Devonport 1942
Devonport 1942
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an interesting photo, Rosyth 1943 - with Liverpool
an interesting photo, Rosyth 1943 - with Liverpool
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late in the war
late in the war
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