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HMS Kent

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser

stern view September 1941, Devonport after refit
stern view September 1941, Devonport after refit
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Built by Chatham Dockyard. Laid Down 15 November 1924.

Launched 16 March 1926. Completed 25 June 1928.

Torpedoed 17/9/40 off Bardia - repaired Devonport 1/41 - 9/41.

Paid off 1946. In reserve 1946-1947. Broken up by West of Scotland Shipbreaking, Troon, 1948.

Kent served on the China Station with the 5th Cruiser Squadron from completion until 1939, her reconstruction being carried out in 1937/38. Her initial wartime duties were anti-raider patrols in the East Indies, before moving into the Indian Ocean to cover troop convoys in 1940. By the summer of that year she was in the Mediterranean with the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. After the bombardment of Bardia in August and an attack on Benghazi the following month, the ship was struck by a torpedo from an Italian aircraft on the night of 17/18 September, which hit near the stem. Full repairs were not completed until September 1941. From early 1942 she served in the Home Fleet on Arctic convoy duties, and in 1944 covered the carrier raids against the Norwegian coast. However, Kent was paid off in January 1945, remaining in reserve until allocated for ship target trials. She was allocated to BISCO on 22 January 1948, and arrived at Troon on 31 January to be broken up by West of Scotland Shipbreakers.

companion photo to the one above, bow view
companion photo to the one above, bow view
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autumn 1941 - Plymouth
autumn 1941 - Plymouth
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1942 in Northern waters - with radar and AA on the roof of B and X turrets
1942 in Northern waters - with radar and AA on the roof of B and X turrets
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taking a green sea
taking a green sea
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off Bardia just before being hit by a torpedo
off Bardia just before being hit by a torpedo
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ship's company - probably 1945
ship's company - probably 1945
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