H.M.S.Charybdis
H.M.S.Charybdis saw a great deal of action in her two years of existence. After working up at Scapa Flow during the winter of 1941 she covered minelaying operations in the Northern Approaches before leaving in the Spring of 1942 for the Mediterranean. Based on Gibraltar she carried out many patrols for surface raiders and on convoy duties. In June she took part in Operation Harpoon to run a convoy through to Malta with a strong escort. This was vital to keep the island going but in spite of a fierce defence by the escort against continuous air, submarine and E boat attacks only two merchant ships got through. Two months later an even stronger force of two battleships, five aircraft carriers, seven cruisers and twenty eight destroyers were assembled for Operation Pedestal to fight 14 merchant ships through to the island whose plight was now desperate. After 3 days and nights of battle against all that the German and Italian forces could muster 3 merchant ships reached the island and Malta was saved. Convoy duties in the Bay of Biscay and South Atlantic followed and in the autumn of 1942 she was back in action supporting the Allied landings at Algiers and later Bizerta. She embarked General Eisenhower the Supreme Commander to take him to the Salerno landings where she was actively engaged in gunfire support and air defence. A welcome return to Devonport in October 1943 ended in tragedy when she was sunk by two torpedoes fired by German Elbing Class destroyers in the early morning of the 23rd October off the Sept Isles when taking part in Operation Tunnel. 460 of the ships company lost their lives, 107 were saved.


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DIDO CLASS ANTI AIRCRAFT LIGHT CRUISER. DISPLACEMENT 5700 TONS. SPEED 33KNOTS. ARMAMENT 8 X 4.5" GUNS IN FOUR MOUNTINGS. MANY LIGHT AA WEAPONS. BUILT BY CAMMELL LAIRD, BIRKENHEAD. LAID DOWN JULY 1940. COMMISSIONED NOVEMBER 1941.