HMS Diadem (84)

Diadem on the Tyne, shortly after completion in January, 1944. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1939
Launched
1942
Commissioned
1944
Decommissioned
1985
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Diadem (84) was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Bellona sub-group. She was laid down in 1939, and joined World War II in January, 1944, covering carrier raids on the battleship Tirpitz, and Arctic convoys, until deploying off Juno Beach for Operation Overlord and operating in the area through August. Diadem was sent back north in September, and resumed convoy and carrier escort missions, as well as conducting offensive sweeps. On 28 January, 1945, Diadem engaged three German destroyers in a gun battle off Bergen, in company with HMS Mauritius. Diadem served until 1950, when she was placed in reserve. In 1956, she was sold to the Pakistani Navy and recommissioned as PNS Babur. In 1961, she was renamed Jahangir, and converted into a training ship. She saw brief action in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, before she was made a stationary flagship, due to being vulnerable to missiles. Jahangir was scrapped sometime around 1985.