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HMS Belfast


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A cruiser of 11,500 tons with a main armament of twelve 6-in. (15-cm) guns in triple turrets. She has been preserved as a floating museum on the River Thames near Tower Bridge as an example of a type of ship used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War (1939–45). Built at Belfast and launched in 1938, she was kept out of service until November 1942 after a magnetic mine broke her back. After playing an important role in the action off the North Cape of Norway in December 1943, in which the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst was sunk, she was part of the bombardment force during the Normandy landings in June 1944, and then served in the Far East and in the Korean War (1950–3). She was paid off (see pay off, to) in 1971.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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