Allied Warships

HMS Shropshire (83)

Heavy cruiser of the London class

HMS Shropshire in 1942

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
Ordered17 Mar 1926 
Laid down24 Feb 1927 
Launched5 Jul 1928 
Commissioned12 Sep 1929 
End service 

On 8 September 1942 her transfer to the Royal Australian Navy was announced, as a replacement for HMAS Canberra. She was recalled from the South Atlantic and paid off at Chatham Dockyard in December 1942 to refit for Australian service.

Commissioned on completion of her refit by the Royal Australian Navy on 25 June 1943. Decommissioned to reserve on 10 November 1949. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 16 July 1954. Broken up by Arnott Young at Dalmuir and Troon arriving on 20 January 1955.

Career notesBecame the Australian heavy cruiser Shropshire

Commands listed for HMS Shropshire (83)

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1Capt. Arthur William La Touche Bisset, RN16 Oct 193714 Mar 1940
2Capt. John Hereward Edelsten, RN14 Mar 1940Mar 1941
3Cdr. James Parrington Gornall, RNMar 194118 Apr 1941
4Capt. Jack Tuthill Borrett, OBE, RN18 Apr 194123 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Shropshire include:

9 Dec 1939
The German merchant Adolf Leonhardt (2990 GRT) was intercepted in the South Atlantic off the coast of Angola in position 13°00'S, 11°30'E by HMS Shropshire (Capt. T. Bisset, RN). However, before the German ship could be captured she was scuttled by her own crew.

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