HMS Manchester

HMS Manchester was the 5th Type 42 destroyer. She was laid down in 1978 at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering and was commissioned in 1982. She decommissioned on 24th February 2011.

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HMS Manchester  became the first Royal Navy warship to visit Cuba since before the Castro Revolution.The visit came at the end of a busy deployment with wide range of tasks from intercepting drugs , to helping the hurricane-battered people of St Lucia.

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Unit History

Ship History1814

The first was used as a stores ship in 1814,  over a century passed before the next HMS Manchester entered service in 1937, as a Town-class light cruiser belonging to the Gloucester subclass.

Battle Honours1940

Norway 1940
Spartivento 1940

Battle Honours1941

Malta Convoys 1941-42
Arctic 1941

Battle History1942

During the Second World War she saw service in the ill-fated Norwegian Campaign, at the battle of Spartivento. Torpedoed on 13 August 1942 she was later scuttled by her crew.

Cuba Visit2010

HMS Manchester became the first Royal Navy warship to visit Havana, Cuba since before the Castro Revolution.


HMS Manchester was decommissioned in Portsmouth on 24 February 2011.

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