Allied Warships

HMS Newfoundland (59)

Light cruiser of the Fiji class

HMS Newfoundland in 1945

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down9 Nov 1939 
Launched19 Dec 1941 
Commissioned21 Jan 1943 
End service 

HMS Newfoundland was sold to the Peruvian Navy on 30 December 1959.
She was renamed, Almirante Grau.
Renamed Capitan Quinones on 15 May 1973.
Capitan Quinones was discarded in 1979.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 23 Jul 1943 by U-407 (BrĂ¼ller).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Newfoundland

Commands listed for HMS Newfoundland (59)

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1Capt. William Rudolph Slayter, DSC, RN13 Oct 194228 Sep 1943
2Cdr. Guy Robert Pilcher, RN28 Sep 1943Dec 1943
3Capt. Richard William Ravenhill, DSC, RNDec 19431 Sep 1945
4Capt. Cecil Charles Acland Allen, RN1 Sep 19456 Jan 1947

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Notable events involving Newfoundland include:

4 Feb 1943
HMS Malaya (Capt. J.W.A. Waller, RN) and HMS Newfoundland (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN) conducted tactical exercises off Scapa Flow. (1)

24 Feb 1943
HMS P 31 (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Newfoundland (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN). (2)

13 Dec 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Newfoundland (Capt. R.W. Ravenhill, CBE, DSC, RN). (3)


  1. ADM 53/117877
  2. ADM 173/17897
  3. ADM 173/19132

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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