HMS Calypso was a Caledon Class Light Cruiser built by Hawthorn Leslie. Laid Down 7 February 1916. Launched 24 January 1917. Completed 21 June 1917.
Calypso served with the 6th LCS in the Grand Fleet 1917/1919, and was badly hit in the action in the Heligoland Bight on 17 November 1917. Deployed to the Baltic in 1918/19, she subsequently went to the 3rd Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean in March 1919, where she remained until returning home in 1932. In 1922 Calypso played a small part in the life of Prince Phillip who's idyllic lifestyle and happy childhood in Greece did not last long. When he was just 18 months old, in 1922, King Constantine of Greece abdicated and a military junta seized power. When a revolutionary court in Greece sentenced Prince Andrew to death, as part of the "Trial of the Six", the family were forced to flee the country. In an act of kindness that was never to be forgotten, Britain's
King George V, upon hearing the news a day after the trial, despatched HMS Calypso, to evacuate them. The entire family climbed aboard wearing and carrying what they could and Prince Philip was famously taken aboard in a cot made from an orange box.
The years before the Second World War were spent in the reserve fleet. At the outbreak of the war she was serving with the 7th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol duty, and captured the blockade runners Minden on 24 September and Konsul Hendrik Fisser on 22 November 1939. She was also deployed in the hunt for Scharnhorst and Gneisenau after their sinking of Rawalpindi. In 1940 she went to the eastern Mediterranean, based on Alexandria, and was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine R.Smg. Alpino Bagnolini under the command of C.C. Franco Tosoni Pittoni while on a sweep 70 miles South of Cape Lithinon, Crete (34.03N-24.05E) on 12 June 1940 while on aortie from
Alexandria with Mediterranean fleet against Italian shipping to Libya. Hit at 59 minutes past midnight and sank with the loss of 1 officer and 38 ratings (North African Campaign)
HMS Calypso: c1935