HMS Naiad (93)
Light cruiser of the Dido class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Mar 1937|
|Laid down||26 Aug 1937|
|Launched||3 Feb 1939|
|Commissioned||24 Jul 1940|
|Lost||11 Mar 1942|
|Loss position||32° 01'N, 26° 20'E|
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HMS Naiad (Capt. Guy Grantham, DSO, RN) was sunk in the Eastern Mediterranean, north of Sidi Barrrani, Egypt in position 32º01'N, 26º20'E by one torpedo from the German submarine U-565. 82 members of her crew went down with the ship, there were 582 survivors.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Naiad|
Commands listed for HMS Naiad (93)
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|1||Capt. Marcel Harcourt Attwood Kelsey, DSC, RN||25 Apr 1940||15 Jan 1942|
|2||Capt. Guy Grantham, DSO, RN||15 Jan 1942||11 Mar 1942|
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Notable events involving Naiad include:
6 Sep 1940
Operation 'DF', raid on enemy shipping in the Trondheim area.
On 6 September 1940 the following ships departed Scapa Flow for an anti-shipping raid in the Trondheim area; Aircraft carrier HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN), battleship HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN), light cruisers HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) and HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN). They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. W.G. Davis, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St. J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Matabele (Cdr. R.St.V. Sherbrooke, DSO, RN).
The force proceeded to position 62.00'N, 01.00'E which was reached at 0500/7. HMS Furious then flew of aircraft attack shipping off the Norwegian coast. The aircraft were return to a shore base after the raid.
The raiding force returned to Scapa Flow around 2000/7. (1)
- ADM 199/379
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.