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27 Nov 1913

United Kingdom
  • The dreadnought Admirante Latorre was launched at Armstrong's Elswick yard in England, United Kingdom. Intended for the Chilean Navy, when war broke out in Aug 1914 the as yet unfinished ship was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS Canada. Canada was reckoned among the most effective units of the Grand Fleet, with which she served without damage, at the Battle of Jutland. Refitted in Apr 1920, she was at last returned to Chile. In 1929-31 she was extensively modernised at Davenport, England, United Kingdom; receiving oil-burning machinery, anti-torpedo bulges and an anti-aircraft armament. Following the Japanese attack on the US Base at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii in Dec 1941, the USA offered to purchase the veteran battleship from Chile but this was refused, and she remained the Chilean Navy's flagship until Oct 1958. ww2dbase [Newcastle upon Tyne, England | AC]
31 Mar 1938

United Kingdom
  • The keel of cruiser HMS Mauritius was laid down by Swan Hunter at Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Mauritius | Newcastle upon Tyne, England | CPC]
19 Jul 1939

United Kingdom

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