HMS Hermes

Sri Lanka,Asia

HMS Hermes was launched in September 1919 and was put in service in 1924 for the Royal Navy. She did service in most British fleets until the outbreak of world war two. From 1939 to 1941 she did service in both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, before she was sent to the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. In early 1942 she was transferred to Eastern Fleet on Ceylon. Under a voyage to Tricomalee 9.April 1942, she was spotted by a Japanese airplane and later that day she and HMS Vampire was attacked by a total of 91 Japanese airplanes. Hermes soon went down in the deep with a loss of 307 men from the crew. The wreck rest today on a depth of approximately 44 to 58 meter, approximately eight kilometers outside Batticalao. Also see the wreck of the British tanker British Sergeant.

Former names:
HMS Hermes
600,0 x 70,3 x 23,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
11085 grt
Newcastle ( UK ) 1919 Ceylon ( UK )

7° 35' N, 82° 05' E
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