HMS Nigeria (1940) CC  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Nigeria was a cruiser.

Built by Vickers Armstrong on the Tyne, laid down 08-Feb-1938, launched 18-Jul-1939, and commissioned 23-Sep-1940.

On completion joined the Home Fleet taking part in North Atlantic convoy escort in 1940.

Jun-1941 captured the German weather ship Lauenburg off Jan Mayen Island part of a top secret deliberate intercept to capture German Enigma cypher material, which allowed German Naval Enigma codes to be broken daily for the next several weeks.

During 1942 was used mainly on Arctic convoy escort work. Until Aug-1942 when she went to the Mediterranean for Operation Pedestal a Malta re-supply convoy.

During this she was torpedoed and damaged by the Italian submarine Axum on 12-Aug-1942. Went to Charlestown, New York for repairs which took until Jun-1943 to complete.

Went to the Eastern Fleet in 1944 and covered carrier raids against oil installations and airfields in the East Indies.

In Jan-1945 took part in the Arakan campaign and remained in the Indian Ocean until the end of WW2.

Returned to Devonport for refit which took from Dec-1945 until Apr-1946.

After refit moved to the South Atlantic station as flagship 6th Cruiser Squadron until Sep-1950.

Returned home and went into reserve and use as an accommodation ship at Devonport.

Sold to India 08-Apr-1954 and went for a major refit which took from Oct-1954 to Apr-1957. After which she was formally handed over and renamed INS Mysore 29-Aug-1957.

Used as a training ship from 1975.

Paid off 20-Aug-1985.

Scrapped 1986.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1941, Norway 1941, Arctic 1942, Malta Convoys 1942, Sabang 1944, Burma 1944-45 and East Indies 1945.


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This page last edited - 16 June, 2012.

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