HMS Dragon (1918) CC  (13th)

This the thirteenth ship to carry the name HMS Dragon was a light cruiser.

Built by Scotts of Greenock, laid down 24-Jan-1917, launched 29-Dec-1917, and commissioned 10-Aug-1918.

On completion joined the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron at Harwich where she remained until 1919, when she went to the Baltic Squadron against the Bolsheviks.

Returned to home waters Jan-1920 and served with the Atlantic Fleet until 1925.

Took part in the Empire Cruise.

To the Mediterranean Feb-1926 and the 1st Cruiser Squadron until 1928, except for a short  deployment to the China Station in Oct-1926.

Returned to Chatham for a refit which lasted from 19-Dec-1928 until 18-Mar-1930.

Then it was to the America and West Indies Station until 16-Jul-1937 when she returned and went into reserve.

At the start of WW2 was with the 7th Cruiser Squadron in the Home Fleet.

Went to the Mediterranean Mar-1940 and the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. Took part in operations in the South Atlantic Aug-1940 and Dakar, Sep-1940.

Went to the East Indies 1941 and in Dec-1941 was at Singapore on escort duties.

Carried out strikes against Batavia at the end of Feb-1942 and on 8-Feb joined the Eastern Fleet at Colombo. Where she joined the Slow Division.

Returned home and went into refit Dec-1942 which lasted until Aug-1943.

Loaned to the Polish Navy Jan 1943 with her name unchanged.

On completion of the refit joined the home fleet and took part in Russian convoy escort until Mar-1944.

Took part in Normandy landings as part of Force B, in support of Sword beach.

In the early hours of 08-Jul-1944 was struck by torpedo fired from a midget submarine, which detonated Q magazine, causing heavy casualties. 

Declared a constructive total loss and towed to Gooseberry harbour where she was sunk as part of the breakwater for the Normandy beaches, 08-Jul-1944.

Won the Battle Honour: Arctic 1944.


Other HMS Dragon
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- 2nd HMS Dragon
- 3rd HMS Dragon
- 4th HMS Dragon
- 5th HMS Dragon
- 6th HMS Dragon
- 7th HMS Dragon
- 8th HMS Dragon
- 9th HMS Dragon
- 10th HMS Dragon
- 11th HMS Dragon
- 12th HMS Dragon
- 13th HMS Dragon
- 14th HMS Dragon

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This page last edited - 19 March, 2013.

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