HMS Colombo (D89)
As an anti-aircraft ship, July 1943
|Class and type:||C-class light cruiser|
|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|
|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
|Range:||carried 300 tons (950 tons maximum) of fuel oil|
|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.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Jane's Fighting Ships of World War One (1919), Jane's Publishing Company
- HMS Colombo at Uboat.net