HMS Sussex was one of the London sub-class of the County-class heavy cruisers in the Royal Navy. She was laid down by R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Limited, at Hebburn-on-Tyne on 1 February 1927, launched on 22 February 1928 and completed on 19 March 1929.
Her next assignment was to the Atlantic, and later with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean. On 26 February 1943 she intercepted the German supply ship Hohenfriedberg, west of the Azores. The ship scuttled when challenged and at the same time Sussex was narrowly missed by a spread of torpedoes from U-264 which was accompanying the supply ship.
Sussex spent 1944 in the Pacific, and covered operations in the Netherlands East Indies following the cessation of hostilities. On 26 July 1945 her Task Force was attacked by two Aichi D3A "Val" dive-bombers acting as "Kamikaze" suicide weapons. One was shot down by escort carrier HMS Ameer and the second by Sussex. However, this latter one bounced on the surface of the sea and impacted the cruiser's hull above the waterline, causing a 2½ metre dent. Later in the same day Sussex downed another aircraft. On Wednesday, 5 September, 1945 at 1130am., HMS Sussex entered Singapore Harbour carrying the Flag of the Rear Admiral Cedric Holland. General Seishirō Itagaki, the commander of the garrison at Singapore was brought on board, where he signed the formal surrender of the army, thus completing Operation Tiderace, the allied plan to recapture Singapore.
The search for the 17th-century warship HMS Sussex is to continue with the use of an exploratory robot.(Shorts)(Brief Article)
Sep 01, 2003; The search for the 17th-century warship HMS Sussex is to continue with the use of an exploratory robot. The robot will be lowered...