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Achilles

Royal Naval Review, July 1935

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Fine shot One of the five Leanders, famous for the battle of the River Plate.
Achillies C70
Built by Cammell Lairds of Birkenhead. Laid Down on the 11th. June 1931,
launched 01st. September 1932, commissioned 06th October 1933 - so almost a new ship in this image.
After a period with the Home fleet she was transferred to the
New Zealand Division in 1936, early WW1 saw her transfer from NZ waters to the West coast of South America befor joing Commodore Harwoods Force G patrolling the East Coast, following the River plate battle she returned to NZ for repairs and then escorted troop convoys in the Pacific / Indian oceans. She was damaged by a bomb hit on X turret off New Georgia In January 1943, repaired in Portsmouth England returning to service in May 1944 were she joined the BPF ( British Pacific Fleet). She returned to the UK in late 1946 and was then returned to the RN and was placed in lay-up and placed on the disposal list.
Sold and transferred to the Indian Navy becoming the INS Delhi on the 05th July 1947.
She starred in 1956 film, Battle of the River Plate, playing herself, the only other partcipant to do so was ***berland.
Sold for scrap in June 1978 after 45 years service, as a memorial to the ship Y turret and her director tower presented to Aucklands Devonport Naval Base - where it still sits HERE
Given that a 6" gun is not that big THIS shot from over head shows it against a family car.
Steve
 

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