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HMS Devonshire (C39)

London Class Heavy Cruiser

in the foreground is Mauritius - mail transfer
in the foreground is Mauritius - mail transfer
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Built by Devonport Dockyard. Laid Down 16 March 1926.

Launched 22 October 1927. Completed 18 March 1929. Training ship 1947-1953.

Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1954.

Devonshire, like all of her sisters, joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean Fleet after completion, remaining there until 1939, except for a commission on the China Station between 1932 and 1933. After the outbreak of war she joined the Home Fleet, participating in the Norwegian campaign. In August 1940 she was part of the force tasked with the attack on Dakar, Operation Menace. During this abortive attack she shelled ships and batteries in and around the port. When the attack was abandoned she was employed in operations against Vichy French territories on the coast of equatorial Africa, blockading the Cameroons and Gabon. January 1941 saw the ship in the South Atlantic in the hunt for the raider Kormoran. She returned home to refit between February and May 1941, then joined the Home Fleet for operations off northern Norway and Russia until September. After transfer to the Eastern Fleet later in 1941, Devonshire was in command of the force which captured a complete Indo-China-bound Vichy French convoy east of the Cape of Good Hope on 2 November. A further success was the interception of the German raider Atlantis north of Ascension Island on 22 November. She was under refit at Norfolk, Virginia, between January and March 1942, then returned to the Indian Ocean, where she participated in the capture of Madagascar in April 1942. She remained in the Eastern Fleet until early 1943, covering Anzac troop convoys from Suez to Australia, then returned home to refit between May 1943 and March 1944. The rest of her war service was with the Home Fleet, covering the carrier raids against the Norwegian coast until 1945. Postwar, she was converted to a training ship in 1947 and served in that role until sold for scrapping on 16 June 1954, She arrived at Cashmore, Newport, on 12 December for breaking up.

July 1935
July 1935
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1944 - aircraft, catapult and X turret removed, replaced by AA armament
1944 - aircraft, catapult and X turret removed, replaced by AA armament
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May 1945 - entering Copenhagen
May 1945 - entering Copenhagen
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