Allied Warships

HMS Campania (D 48)

Escort Carrier of the Campania class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 48 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Laid down5 Aug 1941 
Launched17 Jun 1943 
Commissioned7 Mar 1944 
End serviceDec 1952 

Decommissioned to reserve 30 December 1945. Later recommissioned. After World War Two she was used as a floating exhibition hall on the Thames at the 1951 "Festival of Britain" held at Battersea Park in London. In 1952, she transported equipment and scientists to the Monte Bello atomic bomb tests. Again decommissioned in December 1952. Sold to be broken up for scrap in October 1955 and scrapped at Blyth on 11 November 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Campania (D 48)

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1A/Capt. Kenneth Albert Short, RN29 Nov 19437 Mar 1945
2Capt. Conrad Byron Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN7 Mar 1945May 1945
3Cdr. James Moffat Robb, RNMay 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Campania include:

13 Dec 1944
German U-boat U-365 was sunk in the Arctic Ocean east of Jan Mayen, in position 70°43'N, 08°07'E, by depth charges from 2 Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 813/L/Q) from the British escort carrier HMS Campania (A/Capt. K.A. Short, RN).

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