HMS Swiftsure (1944) CC  (9th) 

This the ninth ship to carry the name HMS Swiftsure, was a Cruiser.

Built by Vickers Armstrong on the Tyne, laid down 22-Nov-1941, launched 04-Feb-1943, and commissioned 22-Jun-1944.

On completion joined the Home Fleet. Then late in 1944 went to the Eastern Fleet, and in Nov-1944 joined the British Pacific Fleet.

Took part in the Okinawa campaign Mar/May-1945. Then Jun-1945 covered a carrier raid on Truk. as part of Task Force 111.2 including shore bombardment of the island.

Aug-1945 with this group, took the Japanese surrender of Hong Kong.

Served as Flagship 4th Cruiser Squadron at the East Indies 1946. Returned to the UK and into reserve 1946-49. Refitted 1949-50. Served with the Home Fleet 1950-53.

Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.

On 16-Sep-1953 collided with the destroyer HMS Diamond, 60 miles off Iceland. After repairs, again went into reserve 1953-55.

Refitted at Immingham 1955, then laid up at the Gareloch 1955-56.

Modernisation at Chatham began 1956 but were abandoned 1960. 

Arrived at Inverkeithing 17-Oct-1962 for breaking up.

Won the Battle Honour: Okinawa 1945.


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- 3rd HMS Swiftsure
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- 5th HMS Swiftsure
- 6th HMS Swiftsure
- 7th HMS Swiftsure
- 8th HMS Swiftsure
- 9th HMS Swiftsure
- 10th HMS Swiftsure

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This page last edited - 19 February, 2013.

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