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HMS Belfast, London (HDR)

By mark1309  
HMS Belfast, one of ten town class cruisers, launched 17th March 1938 and commisioned early august 1939 shortly before the outbreak of WW2.. Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939 Belfast struck a German mine and spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Returning to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment and armour, Belfast was the largest and arguably most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy at the time. Belfast saw action escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943, and in December 1943 played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944 Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings. In June 1945 Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further combat action in 195052 during the Korean War and underwent an extensive modernisation between 1956 and 1959. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1963.

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mark1309 13 13 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 2:47PM
Thank you everyone for the "Votes", and a big thank you to HarrietH for her award, its very much appreciated, Mark. Smile

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