Allied Warships

HMS Cairo (D 87)

Light cruiser of the Carlisle class

HMS Cairo in May 1939 after conversion to Anti-Aircraft cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 87 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
OrderedJun 1917 
Laid down28 Nov 1917 
Launched19 Nov 1918 
Commissioned24 Sep 1919 
Lost12 Aug 1942 
Loss position37° 26'N, 10° 22'E

HMS Cairo was converted to Anti-Aircraft cruiser at Chatham dockyard in 1938-1939. This conversion was completed in May 1939.

HMS Cairo (A/Capt. Cecil Campbell Hardy, DSO, RN) was sunk in the Central Mediterranean, north of Bizerte, Tunisia in position 37º26'N, 10º22'E by 1 torpedo from the Italian submarine Axum.


Commands listed for HMS Cairo (D 87)

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1Capt. Harry Percy Kendall Oram, RN23 Aug 19391 Feb 1940
2Capt. Patrick Vivian McLaughlin, RN1 Feb 194014 Jan 1941
3A/Capt. Ian Reddie Hamilton Black, RN14 Jan 194131 Jan 1942
4A/Capt. Cecil Campbell Hardy, DSO, RN31 Jan 194212 Aug 1942

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Notable events involving Cairo include:

28 May 1940
HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) was damaged by German aircraft off Narvik, Norway. (1)

7 Jun 1941
HMS Cairo (Capt. I.R.H. Black, RN) picks up 35 survivors from the Dutch merchant Eibergen that was sunk by German U-boat U-75 about 650 miles north of the Azores in position 48°02'N, 25°06'W.


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