Allied Warships

HMS Royalist (89)

Light cruiser of the Bellona class

HMS Royalist after completion in 1943

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down21 Mar 1940 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned10 Sep 1943 
End service 

Transferred to Royal New Zealand Navy on 9 July 1956.
Decommissioned by the Royal New Zealand Navy on 4 June 1966.

Returned to the Royal Navy in 1967.
Sold to Nissho Co, Japan, in November 1967 and she left Auckland under tow to Osaka on 31 December 1967.


Commands listed for HMS Royalist (89)

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1Capt. Markham Henry Evelegh, RN25 May 194328 Jun 1944
2Capt. John Graham Hewitt, DSO, RN28 Jun 1944Dec 1944
3Capt. Wilfred Geoffrey Brittain, RNDec 1944late 1945

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