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HMS Enterprise

E Class Light Cruiser

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 Built by Clydebank. Laid Down 28 June 1918.

Launched 23 December 1919. Completed 7 April 1926.

Scrapped at Newport 1946

Enterprise served with the 4th Cruiser Squadron in the East Indies until 1934. After her return home she reduced to care and maintenance on 4 July 1934, followed by a major refit. She returned to the East Indies in January 1936, but was relieved by Manchester at the end of 1937 and came home. In 1938 she was employed to take crews to the China Station, returning home to pay off on 30 September 1938. Enterprise was also employed on Atlantic escort duties, with the Halifax Escort Force during 1939/40, before being transferred to the Home Fleet for the Norwegian Campaign. During April and May 1940 she supported the army ashore by bombardments in and around Narvik and, on 19 April, was attacked but missed by U65. After some repairs Enterprise joined the newly formed Force H in June 1940, participating in the action at Mers el Kebir in July. By the end of the year she was again on ocean patrol duties, this time in the hunt for Thor in the South Atlantic. At the turn of the year the appearance of Admiral Scheer in the Indian Ocean resulted in her transfer to that area to help in the hunt for the raider, but again without success. In 1942 Enterprise operated in the East Indies and Australian waters, escorting troop convoys, and then joined her sister in the Eastern Fleet. At the end of 1942 she started a long refit in Britain which lasted until the end of October 1943, following which she joined the Home Fleet and was used to intercept Axis blockade runners arriving from the Far East, bound for the Bay of Biscay. In the course of one of these operations, in company with Glasgow, she fought in the action of 28 December 1943, when two German torpedo boats and a destroyer were sunk. Her next operation was Overlord, the Normandy landings, when she served as a unit of Force A, off Utah Beach. Enterprise joined the reserve fleet on 5 January 1945, but was used for trooping duties postwar, returning to the UK on 13 January 1946. She was handed over to BISCO for scrapping on 11 April 1946, arriving at Cashmore's yard at Newport on 21 April 1946 for breaking up.

in the 30s
in the 30s
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entering Portsmouth harbour March 1938, flying a paying-off pendant
entering Portsmouth harbour March 1938, flying a paying-off pendant
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1943 - note the Kingfisher aircraft
1943 - note the Kingfisher aircraft
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convoy escort, Atlantic 1939
convoy escort, Atlantic 1939
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D-Day - laying smoke for cover from German guns
D-Day - laying smoke for cover from German guns
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Churchill onboard Enterprise visiting the D-Day beaches - with thanks to Kevin Pinfold
Churchill onboard Enterprise visiting the D-Day beaches - with thanks to Kevin Pinfold
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