HMS Ajax

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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website featuring the Leander Class cruiser HMS Ajax including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the cruiser HMS Ajax.

HMS Ajax, was built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and launched 1st march 1934 and completed 12th April 1935. HMS Ajax served in the South Atlantic 1939, taking a major role in the battle of the River Plate against the Graf Spee, going to the Mediterranean fleet 1940 - 1942, became part of Force H before going for refit in the United states 1943, returning to the Mediterranean Fleet 1943 till the end of the war.  HMS Ajax was finally scrapped at Newport November 1949. 

Specifications for HMS Ajax

 

Displacement: 6,985 tons   Speed: 32.5kt    Complement: 550

Armament: Eight 6 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as twelve 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in pairs and 1 aircraft.

HMS Ajax 1st March 1934 Broken up 1949. Newport, South Wales by Cashmores Limited

HMS Ajax

HMS Ajax. 

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HMS Ajax, during a storm in the Mediterranean in 1940.

Contributed by James Kavanagh

Jim Kavanagh (holding the shell), on HMS Ajax, 1940.  

Contributed by his grandson, James Kavanagh.  Jim Kavanagh served as a Marine on HMS Ajax. 

The Ship's Company of HMS Ajax in 1937.  

Thanks to Jeff Stevens, whose father served on HMS Ajax as a Royal Marine

Crew members of HMS Ajax.  Thanks to Jeff Stevens

Crew member of HMS Ajax, Cecil Costa and his wife, 1941. 

Fred Freeman aged 18, who served on HMS Ajax, (also HMS Exeter) sent in by Dean Third.

AB Frank Brandes on HMS Ajax, c.1946.

AB Frank Brandes on HMS Ajax, c.1946.

Specifications for HMS Ajax

 

Displacement: 6,985 tons   Speed: 32.5kt    Complement: 550

Armament: Eight 6 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as twelve 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in pairs and 1 aircraft.

 

One of our visitors has offered this information regarding HMS Ajax: I come from a town in Canada, called Ajax, it was named after HMS Ajax and during the war it had an ammunition plant with houses built for the workers. After the war the plant closed and the houses were sold off to the returning servicemen. All the streets and some schools and malls are named after the crew and officers of HMS Ajax. It was always a big deal to have the veterans marching down the streets in parades when I was a child. Andrew Bourjot.