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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS SABRE (H 18)  - Old S-class Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Scimitar, sister-ship  (Navy Photos/Paul Simpson, click to enlarge)

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Admiralty S-Class destroyer ordered in April 1917 from Alex Stephens at Govan, Glasgow with the 11th Order of the 1917-18 Programme. The ship was laid down on 10th September 1917 and launched on 23rd September 1918 as the first RN ship to carry this name. After end of WW1 she was transferred for after launch for completion by Fairfield shipyard in Govan.. Build was completed on during 1919 and the ship commissioned for Fleet service. BY 1938 she had been de-militarised for use as a target ship but brought forward for service in 1939 despite her age and unsuitability. During March 1942 after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign she was adopted by the civil community of Bebington, Cheshire.

 

B a t t l e ††H o n o u r s

 

DUNKIRK 1940 - ATLANTIC 1940-43

 

H e r al d i c†† D a t a 

Badge: On a Field Argent per fess wavy Azure thereon a a cavalry helmet

Argent with badge or plume gules, two cavalry sabres in Saltire all

Poper with hilts and sword knots gules.

 

 

D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e

 

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1 9 3 9

August††††††††††††††††† Took up war Station on mobilisation of the Fleet

September†††††††††††† Deployed in Western Approaches for convoy defence

to

December

1 9 4 0

January††††††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

February††††††††††††††† Sustained major structural damage off west coast of Scotland and disabled.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Taken in tow for repair.

March††††††††††††††††††† Under repair.

April†††††††††††††††††††††† On completion of post repair trials resume Atlantic convoy defence deployment.

May††††††††††††††††††††††† Transferred to support evacuation of allied troops from coast of France and took passage

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to Dover for service in Dover Command.

††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Deployed for evacuation (Operation DYNAMO).

††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Embarked 1500 men during two trips to Dunkirk.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Under heavy and sustained air attacks.

††††††††††††††† 31st†††††††† Sustained damage during air attacks whilst deployed for evacuation.

June††††††††††††††††††††††† On completion of repair resumed evacuation duties.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Made further eight trips to beaches and in all carried over 5,000 soldiers.)

††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Transferred for further evacuation from French ports in Bay of Biscay (Operation AERIAL)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed with HM Destroyer VEGA for evacuation of personnel from Alderney.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On release from AERIAL redeployed in Forth.

July†††††††††††††††††††††††† Transferred for duty with HM Destroyer WITCH for Experimental Minesweeping trials

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† based in Forth area,

August††††††††††††††††† Resumed Atlantic convoy defence in Western Approaches.

September†††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence deployment in continuation.

to

December

1 9 4 1

January††††††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

to††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nominated for refit

August††††††††††††††††† Under refit during which Sonar equipment was modified to improve operational efficiency.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Transferred to 1st Escort Group based at Liverpool on completion of post refit trials.

September†††††††††††† Convoy defence deployment in Atlantic with Group.

to

October

November

††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Sustained damage in collision with HM Trawler ST APOLLO off the Hebrides.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: This requisitioned trawler was sunk.)

December††††††††††††† Resumed Atlantic convoy defence on completion.

1 9 4 2

January††††††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation

to††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: See CONVOY ESCORT COMMANDER by P Gretton for further details.)

February

March

††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Detached for escort of Russian Convoy PQ13 during initial stage of passage to Iceland in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NW Approaches with HM Destroyers SALADIN, LAMERTON and Polish ORP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BLYSKAWICA. See CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg and ARCTIC CONVOYS by

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R Woodman.

††††††††††††††† 16th††††††† Detached from PQ13 on arrival in Iceland and resumed service with Group for Atlantic

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† convoy defence.

April†††††††††††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation.

to

September

October††††††††††††††††† Transferred to 21st Escort Group in continuation of convoy defence in NW Approaches.

November††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence in continuation

to

December

1 9 4 3

January††††††††††††††††† Deployment with Group for Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

to

June

July†††††††††††††††††††††††† Detached for duty with Torpedo School Experimental unit at South Queensferry.

August††††††††††††††††† Carried out extensive series of trial on FOXER Noise making equipment prior to

to††††††††††††††††††††††††††† its introduction into operational use for defence against attacks by acoustic torpedoes

September†††††††††††† (Note: These had been developed specifically for use against escorts of convoys and were

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† known as ZAUNKONIG or T5 weapons.).

October††††††††††††††††† Resumed service in Western Approaches with 21st Escort Group based in Iceland

to††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed for convoy defence in central Atlantic for support of anti-submarine

December††††††††††††† operations including RAF Coastal Command aircraft.

1 9 4 4

January††††††††††††††††† Atlantic convoy defence and support based in Iceland

to

September

October††††††††††††††††† Transferred for coastal convoy defence when ships of Group replaced by new US built

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CAPTAIN Class Frigates,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: This type of WW1 built destroyer was quite unsuitable for deployment in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the Atlantic and several instances of men being lost overboard in rough weather

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† are recorded for this vintage of destroyer.)

November††††††††††††† Deployed for coastal convoy defence in Home waters,

to

December

1 9 4 5

January††††††††††††††††† Coastal convoy duties in continuation

to

April

May††††††††††††††††††††††† Removed from operational use after VE day and laid-up in Reserve.

to

August

 

P o s t†† W a r†† N o t e s

 

HMS SABRE was placed on the Disposal List after the end of hostilities in the Far East. The ship was sold to BISCO for demolition and arrived at the breakerís yard at Grangemouth on the Forth in 1946. 

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of  HMS SABRE

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

25/06/40

07/07/40

HX 053

10/07/40

10/07/40

03/09/40

05/09/40

OG 042

07/09/40

16/09/40

24/09/40

24/09/40

OB 218

27/09/40

29/09/40

24/09/40

24/09/40

OL 004

27/09/40

27/09/40

10/09/40

28/09/40

SL 047

unknown

28/09/40

01/10/40

01/10/40

OB 222

04/10/40

05/10/40

19/09/40

05/10/40

SL 048

07/10/40

09/10/40

07/10/40

08/10/40

WS 003B

12/10/40

28/10/40

21/10/40

21/10/40

OB 232

21/10/40

26/10/40

18/11/40

18/11/40

OB 245

22/11/40

22/11/40

11/11/40

22/11/40

HX 085/1

25/11/40

25/11/40

30/11/40

01/12/40

OB 252

04/12/40

04/12/40

22/11/40

05/12/40

SC 013

07/12/40

07/12/40

21/01/41

05/02/41

BHX 104

09/02/41

09/02/41

15/02/41

15/02/41

OG 053

20/02/41

01/03/41

03/02/41

18/02/41

HX 107

20/02/41

20/02/41

06/02/41

22/02/41

HG 053

24/02/41

24/02/41

12/03/41

12/03/41

OB 297

17/03/41

17/03/41

05/03/41

17/03/41

HX 113

20/03/41

21/03/41

24/03/41

24/03/41

OB 302

unknown

30/03/41

17/03/41

29/03/41

HX 115

03/04/41

03/04/41

22/04/41

23/04/41

OB 313

27/04/41

28/04/41

15/04/41

27/04/41

HG 059

01/05/41

01/05/41

05/05/41

07/05/41

OG 061

10/05/41

19/05/41

17/04/41

10/05/41

SL 072

12/05/41

13/05/41

17/05/41

19/05/41

OB 323

23/05/41

25/05/41

10/05/41

23/05/41

HX 126

27/05/41

28/05/41

02/06/41

03/06/41

OB 330

07/06/41

07/06/41

27/05/41

08/06/41

HX 129

12/06/41

12/06/41

15/06/41

17/06/41

OB 336

22/06/41

23/06/41

10/06/41

24/06/41

SC 034

28/06/41

29/06/41

06/07/41

06/07/41

OB 343

12/07/41

21/07/41

30/06/41

13/07/41

HX 136

18/07/41

18/07/41

01/07/41

13/07/41

SC 036

18/07/41

19/07/41

01/08/41

12/08/41

HX 142

15/08/41

18/08/41

01/08/41

18/08/41

SC 039

19/08/41

19/08/41

27/08/41

29/08/41

ON 010

01/09/41

11/09/41

21/08/41

02/09/41

HX 146

05/09/41

06/09/41

11/09/41

11/09/41

ON 015

14/09/41

16/09/41

04/09/41

15/09/41

HX 148

16/09/41

17/09/41

05/09/41

16/09/41

SC 043

20/09/41

20/09/41

28/09/41

30/09/41

ON 021

02/10/41

14/10/41

28/09/41

09/10/41

HX 152

13/10/41

14/10/41

20/10/41

20/10/41

ON 028

25/10/41

03/11/41

17/10/41

31/10/41

SC 050

04/11/41

04/11/41

08/11/41

18/11/41

HX 159

23/11/41

23/11/41

01/12/41

02/12/41

ON 042

06/12/41

14/12/41

28/11/41

10/12/41

SC 057

13/12/41

15/12/41

21/12/41

22/12/41

ON 049

27/12/41

05/01/42

21/12/41

01/01/42

HX 166

03/01/42

05/01/42

09/01/42

20/01/42

SC 064

23/01/42

23/01/42

26/01/42

27/01/42

ON 060

02/02/42

15/02/42

10/03/42

10/03/42

PQ 013

16/03/42

31/03/42

14/03/42

29/03/42

SL 103

31/03/42

02/04/42

01/04/42

01/04/42

DS 025

04/04/42

04/04/42

08/04/42

08/04/42

SD 025

11/04/42

11/04/42

17/04/42

17/04/42

UR 020

22/04/42

22/04/42

24/04/42

24/04/42

RU 020

28/04/42

28/04/42

01/05/42

01/05/42

UR 022

05/05/42

05/05/42

08/05/42

08/05/42

RU 022

12/05/42

12/05/42

21/05/42

21/05/42

UR 025

27/05/42

25/05/42

27/05/42

27/05/42

RU 025

30/05/42

01/06/42

25/06/42

25/06/42

DS 029

26/06/42

26/06/42

28/06/42

28/06/42

SD 029

29/06/42

29/06/42

12/07/42

20/07/42

HX 198

21/07/42

23/07/42

27/07/42

27/07/42

UR 034

01/08/42

01/08/42

03/08/42

03/08/42

RU 034

07/08/42

07/08/42

04/08/42

22/08/42

SL 118

23/08/42

26/08/42

08/09/42

08/09/42

TA 021

09/09/42

14/09/42

05/09/42

10/09/42

AT 022

11/09/42

11/09/42

28/02/43

13/03/43

HX 228

15/03/43

15/03/43

19/03/43

19/03/43

DS 038

21/03/43

21/03/43

22/03/43

22/03/43

SD 038

25/03/43

25/03/43

14/04/43

14/04/43

DS 039

16/04/43

16/04/43

19/04/43

19/04/43

SD 039

21/04/43

21/04/43

01/08/43

01/08/43

DS 043

03/08/43

03/08/43

06/08/43

06/08/43

SD 043

08/08/43

08/08/43

 

 

 

 

 

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