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HMS Ceres

Ceres Class Light Cruiser

nice pic - anybody know when or where ?
nice pic - anybody know when or where ?
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 Built by John Brown. Laid Down 11 July 1916.

Launched 24 March 1917. Completed 1 June 1917.

Scrapped at Blyth 1946

Photos of Ceres are hard to find - this was provided by Cliff McMullen
Photos of Ceres are hard to find - this was provided by Cliff McMullen
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entering Grand Harbour, Valetta
entering Grand Harbour, Valetta
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Ceres joined the 6th LCS on completion, then went to the Mediterranean, 3rd Cruiser Squadron, from 1919 until 1927, which included a period in the Black Sea in 1920. After a refit in 1929/31 she reduced to reserve until recommissioned in May 1932 for the Mediterranean. She reduced to reserve again on 27 November 1932 and remained inactive until September 1939, when recommissioned for the Channel Force. In November she was with the 11th Cruiser Squadron on the Northern Patrol, but in the early part of 1940 she went out to the Far East, being at Singapore in April. She participated in the East African campaigns of 1940/41, assisting in the evacuation of Berbera, British Somaliland, in August 1940, and in February 1941 was involved in the blockade of Kismayu, Italian Somaliland, and also in the subsequent British offensive against the Italians in this theatre. Ceres remained in the East Indies and with the Eastern Fleet until October 1943, when she went to the Mediterranean, then returned home to serve with the escort forces during the Normandy landings in June 1944. Later that year she reduced to reserve as an accommodation/base ship at Portsmouth, remaining in that status until the end of the war. Ceres was handed over for scrapping on 5 April 1946, and arrived at Hughes Bolkow, Blyth, for breaking up, on 12 July 1946.

Valetta with Eagle - probably in the 30s
Valetta with Eagle - probably in the 30s
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late or postwar - in reserve
late or postwar - in reserve
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late or postwar - in reserve
late or postwar - in reserve
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