Allied Warships

HMS Cleopatra (33)

Light cruiser of the Dido class

HMS Cleopatra on completion in 1941

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered18 Aug 1938 
Laid down5 Jan 1939 
Launched27 Mar 1940 
Commissioned5 Dec 1941 
End service15 Feb 1953 

Decommissioned on 15 February 1953.
Arrived at Newport to be scrapped by Cashmore on 15 December 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Cleopatra (33)

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1Capt. Matthew Sausse Slattery, RN10 Jun 194117 Mar 1942
2Capt. Guy Grantham, DSO, RN17 Mar 194226 Oct 1942
3Capt. John Felgate Stevens, RN26 Oct 194228 Jul 1943
4Cdr. Maurice James Ross, DSC, RN28 Jul 194331 Jan 1944
5A/Cdr. (retired) Geoffrey Lyttelton Lowis, RN31 Jan 1944May 1944
6Cdr. Robert Mylcraine Freer, RNMay 19441 Sep 1944
7Capt. Ballin Illingworth Robertshaw, RN1 Sep 19448 May 1946

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Notable events involving Cleopatra include:

16 Jul 1943
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. J.F. Stevens, RN) was torpedoed and heavily damaged off Sicily in position 37°06'N, 16°04'E by the Italian submarine Dandolo (offsite link). She was patched up at Malta and left for the United States for permanent repairs in October 1943. There repairs were completed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1944.

Featured as HMS Amesbury in the 1953 film Sailor of the King. (1)


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