HMS Naiad

HMS Naiad (93)

HMS Naiad (93)

This article is about a light cruiser of Royal Navy during World War II. It was involved in Battle of Crete, Battle of the Mediterranean and so on.

HMS Naiad (Pennant number 93), the third British warship to bring this name was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. It was set at construction sites Hawthorn Leslie and Company on August 26, 1937, launched on February 3, 1939 and entered service on July 24,1940 in the middle of World War II.


Just entered into service Naiad it was assigned to the 15th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet with the task of protecting the convoys. In November 1940, it participated in the hunt Admiral Scheer that sank the auxiliary cruiser. Between December and January it escorted convoys in Freetown, Sierra Leone, back in the North Sea at the end of January 1941 where he sighted the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau south of Iceland, losing them after a while because of bad weather. Between February and March, the Naiad was in the pipeline for repairs to damage caused by the violence of the sea in previous missions.

Back in service in April, it was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet based in Alexandria, Egypt, where he arrived escorting a convoy of tanks called Operation Tiger. He was then assigned to Force H, responsible for escorting convoys to Malta. In May, he worked mainly in the area of Crete, escorting convoys on the island and siding north of the same to stop knocks and convoys of invasion. On May 21, it was slightly damaged by shrapnel during an air raid while he was in the north of Crete along with the cruisers and as well as the destroyer. The following day he attacked an Italian convoy south of Milo, sinking two ships. Later he was made ​​the subject of a massive air attack during which were launched against the Naiad 181 bombs that severely damaged the ship putting out two turrets and reducing the speed to 16 knots.

At the end of repairs it attended to Exporter operation in support of military operations in Syria. On June 22, it faced together with the HMNZS Leander destroyers Guepard and Valmy ofVichyFrance. After being targeted by coastal batteries vessels abandoned the pursuit. In November he took part in operations to support Eighth Army bombing Italian and German positions in the area ofHalfayaPass.

In December, the Naiad participated in operations to supplyMalta during which, on December 17, there was a clash less with the Italian fleet called the First Battle of Sirte. During the entry into force of the C return from this mission in the port of Alexandria Italian raiders of the X ª MAS took advantage of the lifting of barriers to enter the harbor and hit the battleships and damaging them severely.

On 10 March 1942 he was with the cruisers with the task to intercept an Italian convoy directed in Tripoli. It was subsequently reported an Italian cruiser damaged area and the Naiad went to search. Revealed as false information the ship sailed toAlexandria, but was hit on the way back from U-Boot U-565 off Sollum. The ship capsized and sank in 35 minutes, causing the loss of 86 sailors.

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