HMS Norfolk (1930) CC (3rd)
This the third ship to carry the name HMS Norfolk was the name ship
of a class of two Cruisers.
Built by Fairfield of Govan, laid down 08-Jul-1927, launched 12-Dec-1928 and completed 30-Apr-1930.
On completion served with the Home and Atlantic Fleets during 1930/32 then went to the America and West Indies Station until 1934. From 1935 to 1939 she was with the East Indies Station, after which she returned to home waters for a refit.
Joined the 6th Cruiser Squadron with the Home Fleet 06-Sep-1939.
In early December 1939 re-formed the 1st Cruiser Squadron with the Home Fleet, in company with HMS Berwick, Devonshire and Suffolk, for work n northern waters. On 15-Mar-1940 while at Scapa Flow was hit and damaged by bombs and went to the Clyde for repair. Returned to service Jun-1940.
Dec-1940 went to the South Atlantic on trade protection duty, based at Freetown with Force K.
Feb-1941 was spent on trop convoy escort, and in May-1941 returned to Icelandic waters, patrolling the Denmark Strait when the Bismarck came out into the Atlantic. She was present the the sinking having taken part in the entire operation.
July to Sep-1941 was spent in refit, after which she spent the rest of the war on Arctic convoy escort work. Including surface action against the Scharnhorst at the North Cape in Dec-1943. She received shell hits during the action and repairs and refit took until Nov-1944.
Final war duties were with the Home Fleet escorting carrier sweeps off the Norwegian coast.
Sold for scrapping 03-Jan-1950 and arrived at Cashmore of Newport 19-Feb-1950.
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12 January, 2013.
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