Allied Warships

HMS Naiad (93)

Light cruiser of the Dido class

HMS Naiad in October 1940

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Mar 1937 
Laid down26 Aug 1937 
Launched3 Feb 1939 
Commissioned24 Jul 1940 
Lost11 Mar 1942 
Loss position32° 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
Sunk on 11 Mar 1942 by U-565 (Jebsen).

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Commands listed for HMS Naiad (93)

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1Capt. Marcel Harcourt Attwood Kelsey, DSC, RN25 Apr 194015 Jan 1942
2Capt. Guy Grantham, DSO, RN15 Jan 194211 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)

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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  1. ADM 199/379

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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