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HMS Exeter, 8th Cruiser Squadron
The 8th Cruiser Squadron was assigned to the Americas and West Indies Station. She was attached to the Squadron between 1933 to 1940, apart from a brief period with the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean, in 1935, during the Abyssinian emergency. See HMS Exeter's history for more.
Launching her Walrus for patrol
The Walrus was a reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire. They were the first amphibious aircraft in the world to be launched by catapult from a warship, with a full military load.
Exeter visited South Georgia. where she was photographed anchored off shore from a Shackleton's Cairn, remembering his heroic journey in 1916 in a rowing boat with four others, from Elephant Island in Antarctica, across 800 miles of ocean. He reached South Georgia at Cave Cove, and after a perilous journey across the mountains reached Stromness, from where a rescue ship was sent for the rest of his crew.
The scuttled Graf Spee
The Graf Spee burns at Montevideo in December 1939 after she was scuttled, following the Battle of the River Plate. Captain Langsdorf, her commander, said of Exeter - "I knocked out their foremost guns; I smashed their bridge; yet, with only one gun firing, they came at me again. One can only have respect for such foe as that".
Churchill welcomes Exeter home
Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, travelled to Plymouth to welcome Exeter home and to congatulate her crew on a job well done. Churchill, later wrote "I had the honour to pay my tribute to her brave officers and men from her shattered deck in Plymouth Harbour."
in her final battle
HMS Exeter was sunk in one of the Battle's of the Java Sea on the 1 March 1942. The top photo shows HMS Exeter during a battle in the Java Sea on 15th February 1942. The lower photo shows HMS Exeter listing to starboard just before she sank.
The White Ensign flies over Exeter's wreck
During 2007 an expedition found the wreck of HMS Exeter, 60 miles from her reported position. Photo courtesy of Kevin Denlay
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