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HMS Apollo

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1937. HMS Cruiser Apollo (later became HMAS Hobart.)
1945. HMS (M01) Minelayer Apollo.

Second vessel bearing the name

Originally constructed for the Royal Navy as HMS Apollo, the ship entered service in 1936, was sold to Australia two years later and renamed HMAS Hobart.

HMAS Hobart was a modified Leander-class light cruiser which served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II.

During the war, Hobart was involved in the evacuation of British Somaliland in 1940, fought at the Battle of the Coral Sea and supported the amphibious landings at Guadalcanal and Tulagi during 1942, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943, then returned to service in 1945 and supported the landings at Tarakan, Wewak, Brunei, and Balikpapan. Hobart was placed in reserve in 1947, but plans to modernise her and return her to service as an aircraft carrier escort, training ship, or guided missile ship were not followed through. The cruiser was sold for scrapping in 1962.[1]

HMS (M01) was a minelayer laid down in October 1941 and launched in 1943. She served with the Home Fleet during World War II and took part in the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the British Pacific Fleet. After serving until 1961, she was broken up and sold for scrapping in 1962.[2]


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