This month we have replaced the picture gallery with a short video showing the last two Naiad commissions; the Dido-class cruiser and the Leander-class frigate. The video is dedicated to all those who served aboard both commissions, and was particularly poignant last year, as we commemorated the anniversary of the sinking of HMS Naiad in 1942.
Click here to find out more details about the history of the ship and her commission in the Royal Navy.
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We invite you to find out more about the four Naiads that have been commissioned for the British Royal Navy since 1797. The ships have had interesting histories ranging from the Battle of Trafalgar, the WWII Malta Convoys and on to the Icelandic Cod War in the 1970's and Gulf Patrol during the Iran/Iraq war.
The memory of the ships and those who served aboard is being kept alive with the formation of the HMS Naiad Association in 2011. The association is open-to-all and we welcome all contact and information that will help us honour the ships, men, family, friends and loved-ones of those who served aboard throughout the years. We particularly welcome anyone with experiences of the latest ships that served in World War II and the most recent Leander class frigate.
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the World War II cruiser. HMS Naiad had a short 3-year commission, eventually sunk in March 1942 whilst steaming across the Mediterranean bound for Alexandria. Under constant attack, she was hit by a single torpedo by a U-Boat just north of Egypt. To read more and see images of her in action, plus a photograph of the survivors visit c93 dido class cruiser..
In memory of our former shipmate John D’Albert who served aboard HMS Naiad in the 1980’s, the association has adopted The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House as our primary charity.
Approximately £200 was raised at the annual reunion in Bristol and we will continue to support the Royal British Legion and the fantastic work they carry out, caring for former service personnel.