1940 - Launch of SIRIUS
18th September. The Anti-aircraft cruiser Sirius was launched from No. 5 slipway of the Dockyard. It was a period of anxiety for the Dockyard Management as an air raid during the moment of launch would have been disastrous. She was badly damage from bomb near misses while fitting out. She was laid down 6th April 1938 and completed for service 6th May 1942; other war work slowed her completion.
When she was completed she became the adopted ship of the City of Portsmouth.
Home Fleet 1942.
Mediterranean 1942-43. With others sank four enemy supply ships and a destroyer north of Tunis 2nd December 1942.
Force H 1943.
Mediterranean 1944-46 detached for the Normandy Landings 1944.
Refit 1946 to cruiser squadron Home Fleet 1947-49.
Laid up April 1947. Portsmouth Reserve 1949-56. Goodwill visit to Trinidad with HMS Diadem 1951.
Broken up, Hughes Blyth 1956.