HMS Delhi (D 74)
Light cruiser of the D class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend|
|Laid down||29 Oct 1917|
|Launched||23 Aug 1918|
HMS Delhi was converted to an Anti-Aircraft cruiser in the United States at the New York Navy Yard from May to December 1941. Armament became as follows;
Delhi was damaged by German explosive motorboats at Split on 12 February 1945. She was patched up and returned home in April 1945. She was not repaired.
HMS Delhi is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
HMS Delhi was finally sold to be broken up for scrap on 22 January 1948. She arrived at Cashmore, Newport in April 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Delhi (D 74)
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|1||Capt. Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton, DSO, RN||24 Aug 1939||Dec 1939|
|2||Capt. Alfred Spalding Russell, RN||Dec 1939||27 May 1941|
|3||A/Cdr. Frank Gordon Emley, RN||27 May 1941||24 Nov 1941|
|4||Capt. Allan Thomas George Cumberland Peachey, RN||24 Nov 1941||Dec 1943|
|5||Capt. Gilbert Ridley Waymouth, RN||1 Dec 1943||May 1945|
|6||Cdr. Arthur John Cinnamond Pomeroy, RNVR||May 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Delhi include:
25 Oct 1939
The German merchant Rheingold (5055 GRT) is intercepted and captured south-east of Iceland in position 64°00'N, 11°40W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN).
12 Nov 1939
The German merchant Mecklenburg (7892 GRT, built 1921) is intercepted east off Iceland in position 63°09'N, 11°38'W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN). However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her crew.
20 Nov 1942
HMS Delhi was bombed off Algiers. Her stern was blown off. She was under repair in Britain until April 1943.
9 Oct 1943
HMS Delhi (Capt. A.T.G.C. Peachey, RN) picks up one survivor of the American destroyer USS Buck that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-616 about 50 nautical miles south of Capri in position 38°57'N, 14°28'E.