Allied Warships

HMS Swiftsure (08)

Light cruiser of the Minotaur class

HMS Swiftsure as completed.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered19 May 1941 
Laid down22 Sep 1941 
Launched4 Feb 1943 
Commissioned22 Jun 1944 
End service 

1946 Flagship of 4th Cruiser Squadron
1951 Flagship of 2th Cruiser Squadron
Arrived at Inverkeithing to be scrapped on 17 October 1962.


Commands listed for HMS Swiftsure (08)

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1Capt. Robert Don Oliver, DSC, RN22 Mar 1944Dec 1944
2Capt. Patrick Vivian McLaughlin, RNDec 1944late 1946

3Capt. Thomas Leslie Bratt, DSC, RNAug 1952Aug 1953

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Notable events involving Swiftsure include:

3 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Marne (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and HMS Swiftsure (Capt. R.D. Oliver, CBE, DSC, RN). (1)

2 Aug 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) conducts attack exercises for the Commanding Officer Qualifying Course with HMS Swiftsure (Capt. R.D. Oliver, CBE, DSC, RN). (2)

12 Aug 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with (at least) HMS Swiftsure (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and HMS Kempenfelt (Capt. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN). (3)

30 Aug 1945
HMS Swiftsure (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) enters Victoria Harbour to oversee the surrender of Japanese forces in Hong Kong. (4)


  1. ADM 173/18719
  2. ADM 173/19128
  3. ADM 173/20293
  4. Personal communication

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

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