HMS Uganda (66)
|Builder:||Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Laid down:||20 July 1939|
|Launched:||7 August 1941|
|Commissioned:||3 January 1943|
|Out of service:||Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy on 21 October 1944|
|Identification:||Pennant number: 66|
|Atlantic 1943, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Mediterranean 1943|
|Acquired:||21 October 1944|
|Decommissioned:||15 June 1956|
|Renamed:||Renamed HMCS Quebec on 14 January 1952|
|Identification:||Pennant number: 66|
|Fate:||Arrived at Osaka, Japan, on 6 February 1961 for scrapping|
|Class & type:||Crown Colony-class light cruiser|
|Displacement:||8,712 tonnes standard
11,024 tons full load
|Length:||169.3 m (555.5 ft)|
|Beam:||18.9 m (62 ft)|
|Draught:||5.3 m (16.5 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Four oil fired three-drum Admiralty-type boilers
four-shaft geared turbines
54.1 megawatts (72,500 shp)
|Speed:||33 knots (61 km/h)|
|Range:||10,200 nmi at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Type 281 air search
Type 272 surface search
Type 277 height finding
Type 274 fire control (152 mm)
Type 283 fire control (102 mm)
Type 282 fire control (2 pdr)
3 triple BL 6 inch Mk XXIII naval guns (152/50 mm)
|Armour:||82.5-88.9 mm belt
25.4-50.8 mm turrets
|Aircraft carried:||Two Supermarine Walrus aircraft, removed November 1943.|
HMS Uganda, was a Second World War-era Crown Colony-class light cruiser launched in 1941. She served in the Royal Navy during 1943 and 1944, including operations in the Mediterranean, and was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Uganda in October 1944. She served in the Pacific theatre in 1945 and was put into reserve in 1947. When she was reactivated for the Korean War in 1952 she was renamed HMCS Quebec. She was decommissioned for the last time in 1956 and scrapped in Japan in 1961.
HMS Uganda was one of the Ceylon sub-class (the second group of three ships built in 1939) of the Crown Colony-class cruisers, and built by Vickers-Armstrong at their Walker yard. She was launched on 7 August 1941 and commissioned on 3 January 1943.
Home Fleet operations
In March 1943 after training at Scapa Flow, Uganda sailed as convoy escort to protect a Sierra Leone-bound convoy from the German Narvik-class destroyers operating out of the Bay of Biscay. After two such convoy duties, she was sent as escort for the RMS Queen Mary carrying Winston Churchill and his staff to Washington. The journey was made at 30 knots (56 km/h), and the ship sailed into Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland low on fuel. Upon return from that duty the Uganda returned to Plymouth for a refit.
Mediterranean Fleet operations
Uganda was part of the bombardment fleet for Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943. She was then assigned to close support for major bombardments throughout Sicily. On the opening of Operation Avalanche, 9 September 1943, she was part of the fleet bombardment covering the invasion of Italy at Salerno.
While serving in the Mediterranean Sea on 13 September 1943 she took a direct hit from a new German radio controlled 1.4 tonne Glide bomb. Damage control under Lieutenant Leslie Reed managed to get the ship moving with one engine. She was towed to Malta by USS Narragansett, where temporary repairs were made.
There being no dry dock available in the European Theatre that could handle the repairs, Uganda was sent to the United States Navy shipyard at Charleston, South Carolina. The heavily damaged ship, with only one of her four propellers working, proceeded across the Atlantic Ocean to Charleston, arriving on 27 November 1943.
Transfer to Canada
As the flagship for the RCN, Uganda served in the Pacific War with the British Pacific Fleet and the United States Third Fleet. She received battle honours for operations during the Battle of Okinawa and was involved in attacking Truk, Formosa and Sakishima Gunto. Controversially, her RCN crew were polled by the Canadian government on 7 May 1945 to determine whether they would volunteer for further duties in the Pacific War. Widespread discontent had grown amongst the crew, due to poor living conditions and the lack of a Canadian identity for the ship and the result saw 605 of her crew of 907 refuse to volunteer. Uganda withdrew to Esquimalt, arriving back in the Canadian port on 10 August 1945, the date of Japanese surrender. 
On 1 August 1947, Uganda was paid off (decommissioned) into the RCN reserve.
She was reactivated on 14 January 1952 as a result of the Korean War and was recommissioned as HMCS Quebec, serving two tours in the Korean War theatre, as well as taking part in the RCN task force attending the review of the fleet at Spithead for the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was paid off in June 1956 and scrapped in Japan in 1961.
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- Hastings, Max (2007). Retribution - The Battle for Japan, 1944-45. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-26351-3.
- WWII cruisers at www.world-war.co.uk
- HMS Uganda at Uboat.net
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