HMS Gloucester (62) was one of the second group of three ships of the Town-class of light cruisers. She was launched on October 19th 1937 and was commissioned on January 31st 1939.
Gloucester was nicknamed The Fighting G and saw heavy service in World War II. The ship was deployed initially to the Indian Ocean and later South Africa before joining Vice Admiral Cunningham's Mediterranean fleet in 1940.
On April 7th 1939, Gloucester left Malta to take over the East Indies station as flagship of the 4th Cruiser Squadron under the command of Rear Admiral Ralph Leathem. She spent much of that year patrolling the Indian Ocean. In December, she was moved to Simonstown, South Africa where she was used, unsuccessfully, against German raiders