HMS Curacoa (1918) CC (4th)
This the fourth ship to carry the name HMS Curacoa was a Light
Built at Pembroke Dock, laid down Jul-1969, launched 05-May-1917, and commissioned 18-Feb-1918.
On completion joined the Harwich Force as Flagship, 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, and later became Flagship 1st Light Cruiser Squadron in the Atlantic.
Went to the Baltic Apr-1919 and on 13-May struck a mine 70 miles east of Reval while en route for Libau.
Returned home for repairs then joined the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Atlantic as Flagship until 1928.
Joined the 3rd Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean 04-Sep-1929, where she remained until 1932.
On 18-Dec-1933 re-commissioned as a gunnery school.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
In mid-1939 was converted to an anti-aircraft cruiser which too until Apr-1940.
Took part in the Norwegian campaign, where she was badly damaged by aircraft on 24-Apr-1940.
After repairs she operated in the Western Approaches on troop liner convoy escort.
On 02-Oct-1942 off Bloody Foreland, North of Ireland, she was rammed and sunk by the Liner Queen Mary which she was escorting.
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25 January, 2013.
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