HMS Shropshire (83)
Heavy cruiser of the London class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland)|
|Ordered||17 Mar 1926|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1927|
|Launched||5 Jul 1928|
|Commissioned||12 Sep 1929|
On 8 September 1942 her transfer to the Royal Australian Navy was announced, as a replacement for HMAS Canberra. She was recalled from the South Atlantic and paid off at Chatham Dockyard in December 1942 to refit for Australian service.
Commissioned on completion of her refit by the Royal Australian Navy on 25 June 1943. Decommissioned to reserve on 10 November 1949. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 16 July 1954. Broken up by Arnott Young at Dalmuir and Troon arriving on 20 January 1955.
|Career notes||Became the Australian heavy cruiser Shropshire|
Commands listed for HMS Shropshire (83)
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|1||Capt. Arthur William La Touche Bisset, RN||16 Oct 1937||14 Mar 1940|
|2||Capt. John Hereward Edelsten, RN||14 Mar 1940||Mar 1941|
|3||Cdr. James Parrington Gornall, RN||Mar 1941||18 Apr 1941|
|4||Capt. Jack Tuthill Borrett, OBE, RN||18 Apr 1941||23 Dec 1942|
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Noteable events involving Shropshire include:
9 Dec 1939
The German merchant Adolf Leonhardt (2990 GRT) was intercepted in the South Atlantic off the coast of Angola in position 13°00'S, 11°30'E by HMS Shropshire (Capt. A.W.la T. Bisset, RN). However, before the German ship could be captured she was scuttled by her own crew. (see map)