1922 - HMS DIOMEDE & EAGLE Completions
22nd October. At the end of the war the pressing need was to rebuild the country’s merchant fleet and in consequence many ships building for the Royal Navy were cancelled. Those to far advanced in their build were sent to Royal Dockyards to be finished. The cruiser HMS Diomede that had been built at Vickers came to Portsmouth and was completed on this date.
The new aircraft carrier HMS Eagle was another such vessel which came to Portsmouth on 24th April 1920 and was completed for sea trials in September 1923.
Eagle was part of the carrier screen for the Pedestal convoy to Malta. On the afternoon of the 11th August 1942 the German U-boat, U-73, fired four torpedoes, all of which struck Eagle on her port side and she sank within 8 minutes with the loss of 163 of her crew.