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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2004

HMS HOGUE (H.74) -  Battle-class Destroyer

HMS Hogue (Navy Photos, click to enlarge)

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1943 BATTLE-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered with ships of the 1st and 2nd Flotillas in 1942 from JS Write at Cowes but later transferred to Cammell Laird at Birkenhead because of air-raid damage at the Cowes shipyard. The ship was laid down on 6th January 1943 as Yard No 1124 and was launched on 24th April 1944 as the 3rd RN ship to carry this name. It was introduced in 1811 for a 3rd Rate which was converted to a screw ship and had last been used for a 1900 cruiser torpedoed by U9 on 22nd September 1914 in the North Sea. Build completion date was 24th July 1945.   To commemorate the the second phase of the battle of Barfleur in 1692 when the remnant of the French Fleet was destroyed in the Bay of La Hogue.


B a t t le   H o n o u r s


BALTIC  1854-55 - HELIGOLAND   1914


H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge: On a Field Blue, a Chess Rook within a chaplet of laurel Gold.

  (Note: This is derived from the arms of Admiral Sir George Rooke.)



S u m m a r y   o f   S e r v i c e


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July                     Commissioned for contractor's trials.

         24th            Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.

                            Accepted into Service with British Pacific Fleet.


August                On completion of trials and storing prepared for foreign service and took passage to



September            Passage to join British Pacific Fleet after work-up in Mediterranean.


October                 Joined 19th Destroyer Flotilla at Hong Kong

to                           Flotilla comprised sister BATTLE Class BARFLEUR, ARMADA, CAMPERDOWN,

December             TRAFALGAR and LAGOS.

                              (Note: HMS SOLEBAY and HMS FINISTERRE did not join and remained in Home waters.


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                              Far East Station deployment with Flotilla in continuation.


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                              Passage to UK with Flotilla to reduce to Reserve status. Paid off and destored.

                              Laid up in Reserve.


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                              Laid up in Reserve.

                              Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to D74

                              Nominated for modernisation.


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                              Under refit for further service.

May                      Commissioned for General Service (Home/ Mediterranean) with HM Destroyers SOLEBAY

                              and LAGOS.

                              Deployed in 1st Destroyer Squadron


June                       Worked-up with ships of Squadron. in Home Waters.


July                         Squadron deployment.



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January                   Prepared for deployment with Squadron in Far East.


March                     Passage to Indian Ocean.

                                (Note: This was first deployment of BATTLE Class in Far East since 1947)


May                        Deployed with Squadron for Far East Fleet exercises and visits programme.




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January                   Deployed with Squadron for Far East Fleet exercises and visits programme.




August                    Took part in multinational CENTO Exercise JET 59 in Indian Ocean.

            25th              Involved in collision with Indian cruiser INS MYSORE during night exercise.

                                  Sustained major structural damage.


September                At Singapore for hull survey to assess extent of damage.

to                               Declared Constructive Total Loss as beyond economic repair.



F i n a l   P h a s e


HMS HOGUE remained at Singapore and was placed on the Disposal List. The ship was sold for breaking-up locally on 1st March 1962.







by Tom Henderson

Tom was onboard HMS Hogue on her last voyage, and remembers that the ships with her for these night exercises included sister-ships LAGOS and SOLEBAY. Following are three photographs he took of the damage, the first one showing the approximate outline of where her bow should be which he added in pencil for his wife:



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