HMS Enterprise (1926) CC  (8th)

This the eighth ship to carry the name HMS Enterprise was the lead ship of a class of two Cruisers.

Built by John Brown on the Clyde, laid down 28-Jun-1918, launched 23-Dec-1919, towed to Devonport Dockyard and completed 07-Apr-1926.

On completion went to the East Indies with the 4th Cruiser Squadron until 1934 when she returned home and went into reserve on 04-Jul-1934. Underwent refit and returned to the East Indies Jan-1936.

Returned to home waters at the end of 1937.

Went to the China Station 1938 and returned home 30-Sep-1938.

With the start of WW2 undertook convoy escort work in the Atlantic with the Halifax Escort Force during 1939 and 1940.

Went to the Home Fleet in time to take part in the Norwegian campaign Apr/May-1940.

Joined Force H at Gibraltar in Jun-1940 and took part in the Mers-el-Kebir action in Jul-1940.

By the end of 1940 was back on ocean patrol work in the South Atlantic for the ship Thor.

At the start of 1941 went to the Indian Ocean to hunt for the Admiral Sheer.

During 1942 operated in the East Indies and Australian waters escorting troop convoys, then joined the Eastern Fleet.

By the end of 1942 was back in home waters and began a long refit which took until Oct-1943.

Joined the Home Fleet and hunted in the Bay of Biscay for blockade runners from the Far East. On 28-Dec-1943 in company with HMS Glasgow sank two German torpedo boats T25, T26 and a destroyer Z27.

Then it was to the Channel and operation in support of the Normandy landings where she was part of Force A, off Utah beach.

Went into reserve 05-Jan-1945, but was later used for trooping work after war ended.

Finally returning to the UK on 13-Jan-1946.

Sold for scrapping 11-Apr-1946 and arrived at Cashmore of Newport 21-Apr-1946 for breaking up.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-40, Norway 1940, Biscay 1943 and Normandy 1944.


Other HMS Enterprise
- 1st  HMS Enterprise
- 2nd HMS Enterprise
- 3rd HMS Enterprise
- 4th HMS Enterprise
- 5th HMS Enterprise
- 6th HMS Enterprise
- 7th HMS Enterprise
- 8th HMS Enterprise
- 9th HMS Enterprise
- 10th HMS Enterprise

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This page last edited - 13 June, 2012.

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