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HMS Wizard (R72)

Summary
HMS Wizard was a W-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. Second World War service In 1942, as part of Warship Week, Wizard was adopted by the Borough of Wood Green in London. The plaque from this adoption is held by the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. Wizard was initially deployed to the Home Fleet, before joining a mixed destroyer group on 6 May 1944, assigned to screen for aircraft carriers and . These duties continued until 9 June 1944, when she sustained major damage from an explosion of her own depth charges, which caused considerable compartment flooding. The ship was towed to Lyness on the following day for emergency dry dock repair, later being towed to Middlesbrough for further repairs which lasted until April 1945. Over this period Wizard was reassigned for deployment to the British Pacific Fleet. After a period of sea-trials and preparation, it made passage to the Pacific, with a final resupply in Sydne
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