HMS Campania (D 48)
Escort Carrier of the Campania class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Laid down||5 Aug 1941|
|Launched||17 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||7 Mar 1944|
|End service||Dec 1952|
Decommissioned to reserve 30 December 1945. Later recommissioned. After World War Two she was used as a floating exhibition hall on the Thames at the 1951 "Festival of Britain" held at Battersea Park in London. In 1952, she transported equipment and scientists to the Monte Bello atomic bomb tests. Again decommissioned in December 1952. Sold to be broken up for scrap in October 1955 and scrapped at Blyth on 11 November 1955.
Commands listed for HMS Campania (D 48)
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|1||A/Capt. Kenneth Albert Short, RN||29 Nov 1943||7 Mar 1945|
|2||Capt. Conrad Byron Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN||7 Mar 1945||May 1945|
|3||Cdr. James Moffat Robb, RN||May 1945||Oct 1945 ?|
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Noteable events involving Campania include:
13 Dec 1944
German U-boat U-365 was sunk in the Arctic Ocean east of Jan Mayen, in position 70°43'N, 08°07'E, by depth charges from 2 Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 813/L/Q) from the British escort carrier HMS Campania (A/Capt. K.A. Short, RN). (see map)