Destroyer ordered with 2nd
Emergency Flotilla in October 1939 from the
Vickers Armstrong shipyard
Newcastle. She was laid down on 26th December
1939 with two sister
PENN and HMS PETARD. Despite damage during an
air raid the ship was
had been programmed on 10th June 1941. She was
the 10th RN ship to
name, introduced in 1740 for a Sloop. It was
last used for a pre WW1
destroyer sold in 1921. Build was completed on
31st August 1942 at a
£408,200, which excluded Admiralty supplied
equipment such as weapons
communications outfits .After a successful
WARSHIP WEEK for National
March 1942 she was adopted by the civil
community of Thurrock, Essex.
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Contractors trials and commissioning.
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials and storing took passage
to Scapa Flow for work-up with Home Fleet.
Nominated for deployment with Force H at
Passage to Gibraltar to join HM Destroyers
PANTHER, PARTRIDGE, PATHFINDER and
PENN in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla based at
Deployed for escort of military convoys during
passage to Mediterranean for the
planned allied landings in North Africa.
Deployed with Flotilla and 12 other destroyers
in the screen for HM Battleships DUKE OF YORK,
RODNEY, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, HM Aircraft
Carriers FURIOUS, VICTORIOUS ,
FORMIDABLE, HM Cruisers BERMUDA, ARGONAUT and
SIRIUS which providing cover against
surface warship interference during landings.
(Operation TORCH. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by C Barnett, RELUCTANT
ENEMIES by W Tute, BRITISH INVASION FLEET by J
de Winser and the Naval Staff
Carried out anti-submarine patrols for military
convoy defence during follow up phase.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ANTELOPE. VANOC,
BOREAS and Polish ORP BLYSKAWICA as
escort for troopship ss OTRANTO, HM Depot Ship
MAIDSTONE and ss TEGELBUG during
passage from Gibraltar to Oran.
Under submarine attack and hit by torpedoed by
U602, 70 miles NNE in position 35-55N 40.00E.
Sustained major structural damage with flooding.
Casualties included seven killed or missing and
Transferred personnel not required for damage
control to HMS VANOC.
Taken in tow by HM Frigate EXE and topweight
jettisoned in an attempt to reduce increasing
Tow transferred to French tug for remainder of
passage to Arzeu, Algeria.
Remained at Arzeu.
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Prepared for tow to
Passage under tow to Oran for survey.
Docked at Oran.
After survey taken in hand for repair to allow
passage to Gibraltar in two parts
Two Sections taken in tow by tugs and took
passage to UK as part of separate convoys
SL129 and AX? to SW Approaches.
Individual escort was provided for final passage
in English Channel to Portsmouth.
N o t e
sections of this ship
ware used for accommodation
of crews of Landing Craft in Stokes Bay at
Portsmouth and were identified as PORK
(Forward Section) and PINE (After
Section). The Sections were placed on the
Disposal List in 1946 and sold for
breaking-up. The Forward Section being towed to
Plymouth and the After
ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
convoy escort duties have been identified