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HMS Colombo

Cairo Class Light Cruiser

1926
1926
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 Built by Fairfield. Laid Down 8 December 1917.

Launched 18 December 1918. Completed 18 June 1919.

Scrapped at Newport 1948

Colombo served on the China Station with the 5th LCS until recommissioned on 15 March 1922, then went to the East Indies with the 4th LCS until 1926. Then followed a period on the America and West Indies Station with the 8th Cruiser squadron until a refit was started in January 1930. After spending 1931/32 in the Mediterranean, Colombo sailed for the East Indies in July 1932 to relieve Emerald, remaining there until 1935. The years 1936 to 1939 were spent in reserve. She served with the llth Cruiser squadron at the outbreak of war, based initially at Gibraltar, then carried out Northern Patrol duties, capturing the German Henning Oldendoff on 17 November 1939. In 1940/41 she served in the East Indies, where she participated in the blockade of Kismayu in Italian Somaliland in February 1941, and in the Madagascar operations of November. In 1942 she was attached to the Eastern Fleet before returning home for conversion to an AA cruiser between June 1942 and March 1943. On her return to service Colombo went to the Mediterranean, where she took part in the Sicily campaign and escorted convoys along the Algerian coast. By 1944 she was attached to the 31st Escort Group, and in August covered the landings in the south of France, Operation Dragoon. Her final operations were in the Aegean at the end of 1944, but she had reduced to reserve before the end of the war in Europe. Colombo was handed over for scrapping on 22 January 1948, and arrived at Cashmore, Newport, for breaking up, on 13 May 1948.

probably in the 20s
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pre June 1942
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