Allied Warships

HMS Black Prince (81)

Light cruiser of the Bellona class

HMS Black Prince in November 1943 at Scapa Flow

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byHarland & Wolff (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down1 Dec 1939 
Launched27 Aug 1942 
Commissioned30 Nov 1943 
End service 

Loaned to the Royal New Zealand Navy on 1 July 1946.
Returned to Royal Navy on 1 April 1961.
Sold for scrapping in March 1962, she left Auckland on 5 April 1962 in tow for breaking up at Mitsui & Co, Osaka, Japan, arriving there in May.


Commands listed for HMS Black Prince (81)

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1Capt. Dennis Marescaux Lees, DSO, RN21 Aug 194329 Apr 1945
2Capt. Gerald Vaughan Gladstone, RN29 Apr 19451 Jul 1946

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Notable events involving Black Prince include:

16 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises with HMS Black Prince (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) as the target. (1)


  1. ADM 173/18166

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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