INSECT-Class River Gunboat ordered from Lobnitz and
launched on 12th April 1916 as the 1st RN ship to carry the name. After
completion 1917 she was deployed in the Mediterranean where she supported army
operations and carried out patrol duties. In 1919 she began service on the
China Station and joined the Yangtse Flotilla to protect British shipping and
British nationals during an emergency. The ship was damaged by Japanese
artillery after the Japanese invasion of China in 1938.
B a t
t l e H o n o u r s
MEDITERRANEAN 1940-41 -
H e r
a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field White, a Ladybird proper.
M o t t o
Ne sperne Fortuna : ' Do not throw away your luck
D e t a i l s o f
W a r S e r v i c e
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with the Yangtse Flotilla.
to Nominated for service
In the Mediterranean
1 9 4 0
January Took passage to Mediterranean.
to On arrival deployed for
bombardment of enemy positions on North African coast.
out bombardment of Bardia harbour with HM Australian Destroyer
September Deployed for gunfire support of 8th
Army advance towards Tobruk.
with HM Monitor TERROR and HM
River Gunboats APHIS and GNAT
as Force A
. Bombarded Tobruk in
support of ANZAC troops
passage to Alexandria.
1 9 4 1
with HMS TERROR, HMS APHIS, HM Australian Destroyers STUART,
and VAMPIRE for support of ANZAC Brigade in final assault on
February Nominated for support of commando
raid on Castellorizo.
Destroyers HEREWARD and DECOY.
5th Landed troops and deployed for gunfire
requirement for this operation was ill-judged and its execution
March Resumed service in support of army
April Deployed in support of 8th Army
18th Bombarded enemy positions near Sollum.
May Support duties in continuation.
under German dive bombing attacks during air raid on Tobruk harbour.
damage and sank.
List - note on casualties)
(Note: Some of the guns on the hulk were used by army
personnel for defence
during air raids).
Post War Notes.
This name was reintroduced in 1950 when given to the China
Navigation Company's mercantile ss WUSUEH which was requisitioned at Hong Kong.
ship was then used as the RN Headquarters Ship at Sasebo, Japan during the
Korean War. She paid off in 1953 after the armistice and was returned to her