Allied Warships

HMS Sirius (82)

Light cruiser of the Dido class

HMS Sirius in 1942 or 1943

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byPortsmouth D.Y. (Portsmouth, U.K.): Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered15 Dec 1937 
Laid down6 Apr 1938 
Launched18 Sep 1940 
Commissioned6 May 1942 
End service 1949 

HMS Sirius completion was delayed by German bombing.

Arrived at Blyth on 15 October 1956 to be scrapped by Hughes Bolkow.


Commands listed for HMS Sirius (82)

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1Capt. Patrick William Beresford Brooking, RN27 Feb 194220 May 1943
2Capt. Herbert Wyndham Williams, RN20 May 194320 Jun 1943
3Capt. Patrick William Beresford Brooking, DSO, RN20 Jun 194329 Oct 1943

4Capt. Roderick Latimer Mackenzie Edwards, RN1 Feb 194421 Aug 1945
5Capt. Philip Sydney Smith, RN21 Aug 19455 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Sirius include:

7 Oct 1943
The British light cruisers HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, RN) and HMS Sirius (Capt. P.B.W. Brooking, DSO, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, DSO, RN) and HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Taylor, RN), north of Astipalea (Stampalia) in the Dodecanese, attacked a German convoy consisting of the auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2111 (667 tons, former Italian Tramaglio), cargo Olympus (5216 GRT) and 5 MFPs. All were sunk.
On the return leg of the mission, the British were repeatedly attacked by German planes while transiting Karpathos Strait (Scarpanto).

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