HMS Charybdis (1941) CC  (5th)

This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Charybdis was an anti-aircraft, light  cruiser.

Built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, laid down 09-Nov-1939, launched 17-Sep-1940, and commissioned 03-Dec-1941.

On completion joined the Home Fleet and until Apr-1942 when she went to Gibraltar with Force H.

Covered several operations to reinforce fighter aircraft to Malta. Also took part in the Pedestal and Harpoon Malta convoys.

In Nov-1942 was with Force O as part of the Eastern Task Force covering the Torch Landings in North Africa.

Took part in the Salerno landings Sep-1943, after which she returned to home waters at Plymouth.

Torpedoed and sunk 23-Oct-1943 by German torpedo boats T23 and T27 during a night action of the north coast of Brittany.

Won the Battle Honours: Malta Convoys 1942, North Africa 1942, Salerno 1943, Atlantic 1943, English Channel 1943, Biscay 1943.


Other HMS Charybdis
- 1st  HMS Charybdis
- 2nd HMS Charybdis
- 3rd HMS Charybdis
- 4th HMS Charybdis
- 5th HMS Charybdis
- 6th HMS Charybdis

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This page last edited - 16 January, 2013.

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