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HMS Diadem (C84)

Dido Group 2 Class Light (Anti Aircraft) Cruiser

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Built by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn. Laid Down 15 December 1939.

Launched 21 August 1942. Completed 6 January 1944.

Damaged destroyer gunfire off Bergen 28/1/45 - repaired Tyne 2/45 - 4/45.

Paid off 1950. In reserve 1950-1956. Sold to Pakistan 29 Febraury 1956 and renamed Babur. Later renamed Jahangir.

Diadem served on the Arctic convoys and covered carrier raids against Tirpitz in the early months of 1944, then became part of Force E off Juno beach during the invasion of Normandy in June. After the landings she carried out offensive patrols against German shipping around the Brittany coast, sinking, with destroyers, Sperrbrecher 7 off La Rochelle on 12 August. She returned to northern waters in September, where she covered Russian convoys and carrier raids against German shipping routes along the Norwegian coast, as well as making offensive sweeps herself. In the course of one such sweep, accompanied by Mauritius on 28 January 1945, the cruiser engaged three German destroyers, damaging Z31. Diadem remained with the 10th Cruiser Squadron until after the war, and served in the Home Fleet until 1950. In 1956 her sale to Pakistan was agreed, and after a refit she was handed over to the Pakistan Navy on 5 July 1957, being renamed Babur. She was converted into a cadets training ship in 1961.

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