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HMS Colombo (D89)

As an anti-aircraft ship, July 1943
Class and type: C-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Colombo
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Laid down: 8 December 1917
Launched: 18 December 1918
Commissioned: 18 June 1919
Out of service: Sold 22 January 1948
Reclassified: Converted to anti-aircraft ship between June 1942 and March 1943
Fate: Broken up by Cashmore, Newport from 13 May 1948
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 4,190 tons
Length: 451.4 ft (137.6 m)
Beam: 43.9 ft (13.4 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines
Yarrow boilers
Two propellers
40,000 shp
Speed: 29 knots
Range: carried 300 tons (950 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 330-350
Armament: 5 x 6in guns
2 x 3in anti-aircraft guns
4 x 3pdr guns
2 x 2pdr pom-poms
1 x machine gun
8 x 21in torpedo tubes
Armour: 3in side (amidships)
2¼-1½in side (bows)
2in side (stern)
1in upper decks (amidships)
1in deck over rudder

HMS Colombo was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy, named after the former capital city of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was part of the Carlisle group of the C-class of cruisers.

Construction and war service

She was laid down by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company on 8 December 1917, and launched on 18 December 1918. Colombo was commissioned too late to see action in the First World War, but went on to serve in the Second World War. In the interwar period she served in the Far East with the Eastern Fleet between June 1919 to 1926, before being reassigned to the American and West Indies Station. She returned to the Eastern Fleet from July 1932 to 1935, before returning to the UK to be put into reserve.

She spent the early part of the war in service with the Home Fleet, during which time she captured the German merchant Henning Oldendorff south-east of Iceland. She was also involved in the pursuit of the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau after the sinking of HMS Rawalpindi. She then returned to the Eastern Fleet between August 1940 and June 1942 before again returning to the UK to undergo a refit and conversion.

Like most of her sisters, she was converted into an Anti-Aircraft cruiser, between June 1942 and March 1943, and continued to serve in the war in this capacity. Colombo survived the war and was sold on 22 January 1948, arriving at the yards of Cashmore, Newport on 13 May 1948 to be broken up.


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