HMS Dunedin

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HMS Dunedin was a Danae-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was launched from the yards of Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle-on-Tyne on 19 November 1918 and commissioned on 13 September 1919. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Dunedin.

In 1931 she provided assistance to the town of Napier, New Zealand, after the strong Hawkes Bay earthquake, in a task force with HMS Veronica and HMS Diomede.

Early in the Second World War, HMS Dunedin was involved in the hunt for the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau after the sinking of the armed merchant cruiser HMS Rawalpindi.

In early 1940 Dunedin was operating in the Caribbean Sea, and there she intercepted the German merchant ship Heidelberg west of the Windward Passage. However the Heidelberg's crew scuttled her before the Dunedin could take her. A few days later, the Dunedin, in company with the Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine, intercepted and captured the German merchant ship Hannover near Jamaica. The Hannover later became the first British escort carrier, HMS Audacity. Between July and November, the Dunedin, together with HMS Trinidad, maintained a blockade off Martinique, in part to bottle up three French warships, including the aircraft carrier Bearn.

On 15 June 1941, HMS Dunedin captured the German tanker Lothringen and gathered some highly classified Enigma cipher machines that she carried. The Royal Navy reused the Lothringen as the fleet oiler Empire Salvage. The Dunedin...
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