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HMS Belfast, London: 46 reviews and 78 photos

  HMS Belfast
by Blatherwick

The HMS Belfast is a museum located on the Thames River that has been administered by the Imperial War Museum since 1971. In it's service life it was a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. Launched in March 1938, Belfast was the largest light cruiser ever built for the Royal Navy, with a displacement of 13,175 tons. She served with distinction during World War II, in which she participated in the sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst, the Normandy Landings, and the force of Operation Zipper (intended to eject the Japanese from Malaya but turned into a relief operation by the Japanese surrender). During the last days of the war in Europe, she was spotted in the North Sea by a German submarine without being aware of it. The German captain decided not to fire however, since the war was almost over.

She also served in the Korean War, in which her guns were used for shore bombardment in support of United Nations forces. She was decommissioned in 1963.

Address: Thames River
Directions: Morgan's Lane
Tooley Street
London SE1 2JH

Phone: +44 20 7940 6300
Website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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