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She was built by Hawthorn Leslie and Company (Hebburn-on-Tyne, UK), with the keel being laid down on August 26th, 1937. She was launched on February 3rd, 1939, and commissioned July 24th, 1940.
She initially joined the Home Fleet and was used for ocean trade protection duties. As part of the 15th Cruiser Squadron she took part in operations against German raiders following the sinking of HMS Jervis Bay in November 1940.