Allied Warships

HMAS Shropshire (83)

Heavy cruiser of the London class

HMAS Shropshire seen here as HMS Shropshire

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
Laid down24 Feb 1927 
Launched5 Jul 1928 
Commissioned20 Apr 1943 
End service10 Nov 1949 

Given to Australia by the British government to replace HMAS Canberra.

While under refit at Chatham Dockyard she was commissioned as HMAS Shropshire on 20 April 1943. However, the refit occupied many months and it was not until 25 June 1943 that Shropshire was formally handed over to the Royal Australian Navy.

Decommissioned to reserve on 10 November 1949. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 16 July 1954. Broken up by Arnott Young at Dalmuir and Troon arriving on 20 January 1955.

Former nameHMS Shropshire

Commands listed for HMAS Shropshire (83)

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1Cdr. David Hugh Harries, RAN28 Dec 19426 Apr 1943
2Capt. John Augustine Collins, RAN7 Apr 19436 May 1944
3Capt. Henry Arthur Showers, RAN6 May 194425 Sep 1944
4Capt. Charles Alfred Godfrey Nichols, RN25 Sep 194414 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Shropshire include:

27 Jun 1945
In the morning HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) bombarded Japanese shore guns off Balikpapan.

Later that day Tromp joined Task Force 74.1 which was made up of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Shropshire (Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, DSO, RN), the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. R.S. Dowling, RAN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, DSO, RAN) and the US destroyers USS Hart (Cdr. W.D. Coleman, USN) and USS Metcalf (Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). (1)


  1. Files and (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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