Allied Warships

HMS Delhi (D 74)

Light cruiser of the D class


HMS Delhi in 1942 after being refitted as Anti-Aircraft cruiser in the U.S.A.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassD 
PennantD 74 
Built byArmstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend 
OrderedJul 1917 
Laid down29 Oct 1917 
Launched23 Aug 1918 
CommissionedJun 1919 
End service 
History

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;
5 5" DP guns
8 2pdr AA (2x4)
10 20mm AA (2x2,6x1)

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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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton, DSO, RN24 Aug 1939Dec 1939
2Capt. Alfred Spalding Russell, RNDec 193927 May 1941
3A/Cdr. Frank Gordon Emley, RN27 May 194124 Nov 1941
4Capt. Allan Thomas George Cumberland Peachey, RN24 Nov 1941Dec 1943
5Capt. Gilbert Ridley Waymouth, RN1 Dec 1943May 1945
6Cdr. Arthur John Cinnamond Pomeroy, RNVRMay 1945mid 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.


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