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HMS Hood

Denmark Strait,Atlantic Ocean

HMS Hood was a battlecruiser laid down in September 1916 for the Royal Navy. She was launched in August 1918, and commissioned two years later. She circumvented the world in 1923-1924, and was engaged in diplomatic and "showing the flag" missions up to the outbreak of world war two. When the war started, she was patrolling the waters around Iceland, looking for German commercial raiders. She then received an overhaul, before she was sent to engage the French fleet in North Africa 3.July 1940. In May 1941 she left together with the battleship HMS Prince of Wales to locate and intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. The ships found each other 24.May 1941 in the Denmark Strait. After a ten minute engagement, Hood was hit several times, making her aft ammunition storage blow up, breaking "The Mighty Hood" in two parts. She sank in less than three minutes, taking 1418 men with her down on the deep. The remains of Hood was located in 2001 spread out over a large area, and rest today on a depth of 2800 meter southwest of Iceland in the Denmark Strait.


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HMS Hood

860,7 x 104,2 x 32,0 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
45200 displ ( std )
Clydebank ( UK ) 1918
( UK )


Picture: HMS Hood
Courtesy of K. Wood, Public Domain


Last updated: January 2021