HMS Belfast is a museum ship moored in the River Thames opposite the Tower of London.
A Royal Navy light cruiser, she was launched from the famous Harland and Wolff shipyards in 1938 and was part of the British Naval blockade of Germany on the outbreak of war in 1939. Extensively damaged by a mine, she spent two years undergoing major repairs.
After 1942 she saw action escorting convoys on the Arctic route to Russia and played an important part in the battle of North Cape, assisting in the sinking of the German warship Scharnhorst.
In 1944, HMS Belfast supported the D Day landings in northern France transferring soon after to the Pacific theatre. She last saw combat action during the Korean war between 1950 and 1952.
Following her decommissioning, Belfast was brought to her present moorings near Tower Bridge and opened to the public.