Sun, 03/19/2023 - 00:05


Sailed for Hong Kong on 23 October 1948 to join the Royal Navy's Far East Fleet, arriving in late December. By 1949, the political situation in China was precarious, with the Chinese Civil War moving towards its conclusion. As flagship of the 5th Cruiser Squadron, Belfast was the Far Eastern Station's headquarters ship during the April 1949 Amethyst Incident, in which a British sloop, HMS Amethyst, was trapped in the Yangtze River by the communist People's Liberation Army. Belfast remained in Hong Kong during 1949.

Now preserved in London moored on the River Thames near the Tower Bridge and open to members of the public.

This postcard image has ‘Hong Kong’ written in pencil on the back, however an image of the ship on Wikipedia shows a similar hilly background stating that its Kobe, Japan.






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