On St. Patrick's Day, 17th March 1938, Mrs. Anne Chamberlain the wife of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain launched H.M.S. Belfast at the world-famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Belfast.
On 17th March 2013, the Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum, Talbot Street, Belfast marked the 75th anniversary of the launch of H.M.S. Belfast with a special commemorative event.
Present for the occasion were twenty-four members of the H.M.S. Belfast Association from London, England.
H.M.S. Belfast was the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland. Her record of service to the nation is one of which the people of Northern Ireland are justly proud.
A wreath in memory of those who died while serving on H.M.S. Belfast was laid by Mr Fred Wooding, Chairman of the H.M.S. Belfast Association.
H.M.S. Belfast has strong connections with Belfast, having been built at Harland and Wolff and adopting the city’s motto Pro Tanto Quid, Retribuamus.