Allied Warships

HMS Bellona (63)

Light cruiser of the Bellona class


HMS Bellona as completed in 1943

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassBellona 
Pennant63 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down30 Nov 1939 
Launched29 Sep 1942 
Commissioned29 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

Loaned to the Royal New Zealand Navy on 17 April 1946.
Returned to the Royal Navy in April 1956.
In reserve during 1956-1957.
Scrapped by Ward, Briton Ferry, Wales starting on 5 February 1959.

 

Commands listed for HMS Bellona (63)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Charles Fred Wivell Norris, RN16 Aug 1943Nov 1944
2Capt. Gerald Seymour Tuck, DSO, RNNov 19441 Jul 1946

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Notable events involving Bellona include:


24 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN). (1)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN). (1)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, DSO, RCN), HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN) and HMS Golden Thyme (T/Lt. J.S. Bowes, RNVR). (2)

15 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted practice attacks on HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN). (3)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN) serving as target. (3)

7 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN). (4)

6 Jan 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, DSO, RN). (5)

12 Jan 1945
The British heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. J.G.Y. Loveband, RN with Rear-Admiral R.R. McGrigor, CB, DSO, RN aboard) and the light cruiser HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, DSO, RN) escorted by the destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, DSC, RN) and HMS Onslaught (Cdr. the Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) attack a German convoy of Egersund, Norway. Two German merchants, the Bahia Camarones (8551 GRT) and the Charlotte (4404 GRT) and the minelayer M 273 were sunk.

9 Mar 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. H.S. May, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN), two cruisers and five destroyers. During the exercises one of the destroyers, HMCS Haida (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN), dropped five depth charges in error. Trusty immediately surfaced and was taken under fire by Haida and the two cruisers. Fire was soon ceased. No damage was caused.

The next day a board of inquiry was held on board HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN). (6)

13 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN). (7)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducts exercises with HrMs Zeehond (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) and HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18180
  2. ADM 173/18214
  3. ADM 173/18166
  4. ADM 173/18719
  5. 2.12.03.7152 (Dutch Archives, The Hague)
  6. ADM 173/20039
  7. ADM 173/19580
  8. ADM 173/20040

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


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