GREYHOUND-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from Alex.
Stephen of Govan under the 1933 Programme in March 1934. The ship was
laid down on 15th September that year and launched on 26th August 1935 as the 3rd RN
warship to carry the name which
dates from 11797 and was last used for a Gun Brig sold in 1815. Build was
completed on 25th February 1936 at a cost of £252,920 (excluding Admiralty supplied equipment such as guns,
ammunition and communications
equipment. She served with in the Mediterranean before the outbreak of war.
Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings
campaign in February 1942 this ship was 'adopted' by the civil
community of Sevenoaks, Kent.
B a t t
l e H o n o u r s
ATLANTIC 1939 -
DUNKIRK 1940 -
1940 - MEDITERRANEAN 1940-41
MALTA CONVOYS 1941
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field Blue, a female head
crowned with scallops shells Gold.
M o t t
Mare Patria: 'The sea is our Fatherland '.
D e t a i
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S e r v i c e
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1 9 3 9
September Deployed with
1st Destroyer Flotilla for patrol and contraband control in Mediterranean.
with Flotilla for duty in Hone Waters.
22nd Passage to
UK with ships of D1 for escort duty in SW Approaches.
November Boiler Cleaning
out unsuccessful search for Blockade Runner in SW Approaches.
Re-deployed at Harwich with ships of Flotilla for convoy escort and patrol in
December North Sea
deployment in continuation.
1 9 4 0
January North Sea
deployment in continuation.
Transferred to Rosyth in continuation.
escort of Convoy FS84 stood by as BRITISH COUNCILLOR mined in position
crew of BRITISH COUNCILLOR when she sank and landed them at Rosyth.
escort for Convoy HN12 as replacement for HM Destroyer DARING.
survivors from Swedish ship SANTOS in position 50 miles E. of Duncansby
A/S protection for HM Armed Merchant Cruisers CILICIA and
collided in North Sea in position 57.17N 00.42 W).
28th Taken in
for refit at Southampton
Rejoined Flotilla at Harwich in continuation of North Sea duties.
with HM Destroyer BULLDOG to assist in defence of HM Destroyer KELLY
during return to Tyne after being damaged in
action with E-Boats in North Sea.
Embarked crew of HMS KELLY not required for salvage and damage control.
Took part in rescue of survivors from HM Auxiliary
Minelayer PRINCESS VICTORIA with HM
Destroyers GRAFTON and FORESIGHT in
(Note: HMS PRINCESS VICTORIA sank after detonating mine.
details see The Naval Staff History (Mining).)
25th Detached for evacuation
and support duties in Channel area.
Participated in evacuation of troops from Dunkirk (Operation DYNAMO).
28th Passage to Dunkirk and embarked troops for passage to Dover
29th Second trip to Beaches and embarked troops for passage to Dover
Sustained damage aft during dive barbing attacks whilst in company with
GRENADE and JAGUAR.
Returned to Dover under own power.
details of DYNAMO see NINE DAYS OF DUNKIRK by A D Divine, BEF SHIPS by
Winser and Naval Staff History (HMSO – 2003).)
(Note: Total of 1,466 personnel were embarked
on the two trips.).
30th Taken in
hand for repair in Hull shipyard.
completion nominated for escort of HM Auxiliary Minelayer TEVIOT BANK and HM
Coastal Minelayer PLOVER with HM Destroyer WALPOLE.
Deployed for escort during North Sea minelay in East Coast Barrier.
duty for further minelay with HMS WALPOLE (Operation BS12)
duty for further minelay with HMS WALPOLE (Operation BS14)
(Note: For details of minelaying operations see Naval Staff History (MINING).
North Sea escort and patrol duties.
for duty with Home Fleet and took part in unsuccessful search for the
warships SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU in NW Approaches by HM Battlecruisers
RENOWN and REPULSE.
Nominated for service in Mediterranean and taken in hand for refit at Chatham.
Anti-Aircraft gun mounting fitted.
completion of post refit trials took passage to Gibraltar to Join Force H.
of escort for HM Aircraft Carrier ARGUS, HM Armed Merchant Cruiser MALOJA
Middle East convoy with HM Destroyers GREYHOUND, ENCOUNTER and HOTSPUR.
13th Destroyer Flotilla for Fleet screening and patrol duties.
HMS ARGUS as screen with HM Destroyers ENCOUNTER, GREYHOUND and
delivery of aircraft to
with ships of Force H.
(Operation HURRY - This was coincident with a diversionary attack on Cagliari
HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL (Operation CRUSH).
details of operations in Western Mediterranean see Naval Staff History (HMSO-2001),
BATTLE FOR THE
MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre and
ENGAGE THE ENEMY
to Gibraltar after Malta aircraft delivery.
30th Joined HM
Destroyers GREYHOUND, GRIFFIN, HOTSPUR, NUBIAN, MOHAWK,
and HERO in Force A as screen for HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM
Battleship VALIANT, HM Cruisers COVENTRY and CALCUTTA (Force F) during passage
reinforce Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean (Operation HATS).
September Passage to
duty at Gibraltar with Flotilla.
deployment in continuation.
Participated in sinking of Italian submarine LAFOLE with HM Destroyers GRIFFIN
HOTSPUR east of Gibraltar in position 35.50N
31st Part of screen for HM Battlecruiser RENOWN and H M Battleship
BARHAM with HM
Destroyers FAULKNOR, FORESTER, FIREDRAKE,
FORTUNE, GREYHOUND and
GRIFFIN during surveillance of Vichy French
naval movements off Morocco.
Nominated for transfer to Mediterranean Fleet based at Alexandria.
5th Reinforced defence of Convoy HX84 under in Atlantic after it had been attacked by commerce
HMS BARHAM, HM Cruiser BERWICK and HM Cruiser GLASGOW in Force F with
Destroyers GREYHOUND, GRIFFIN and ENCOUNTER as screen for passage to join
in Eastern Mediterranean covered by ships of Force H (Operation COAT).
in Malta with ships of Force F.
23rd Joined HM
Destroyers GREYHOUND, GRIFFIN, HOTSPUR and IMPERIAL in 14th Destroyer
Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet for screening duties.
24th Part of Force D as screen
for HMS RAMILLIES, HM Cruisers BERWICK,
with HM Destroyers DIAMOND,
DEFENDER, GREYHOUND and HEREWARD as escort
during transit to Western
(Note: HMS RAMILLIES was considered unsuitable for service in the Mediterranean
NEWCASTLE was returning to UK for repair)
(Operation COLLAR: - This also covered Convoy MG1 to Gibraltar and military
Alexandria as well as passage of HM Cruisers MANCHESTER, SOUTHAMPTON
to Join Fleet at Alexandria as reinforcements).
27th Took part
in engagement with Italian Fleet units during which the enemy ships
(Battle of Spartivento - Action of Admiral Sir James Somerville in failing to
pursue the enemy
criticised but he was later exonerated from any blame by a
Board of Inquiry. See ENGAGE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).
supply ships from COLLAR convoy with same destroyers.
at Alexandria with COLLAR convoy.
December Nominated for
screening duties during cover by Mediterranean Fleet for passage
convoys, ME5 eastbound and MW5 westbound.
with HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Battleships WARSPITE, VALIANT,
Cruisers AJAX, GLOUCESTER, ORION, SYDNEY (RAN) and
YORK with ten
cover passage of convoys.
to Alexandria with Fleet units.
1 9 4 1
HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, HMS WARSPITE and HMS VALIANT with HM Destroyers
JERVIS, JUNO, MOHAWK and NUBIAN as Force A to
convoys in eastern
Mediterranean (MW51, ME5l and ME6 (Operation MC4).
with same ships to cover the passage of military convoy from
escorted and covered by ships of Force H.
(Operation EXCESS - For details see above references).
10th Mined in
position 36.24N 12.10E SE of Pantellaria after meeting convoy.
section separated and heavy loss of life.
65 killed with 15 injured.
Survivors rescued by HM Destroyer
section towed to Malta by
HM Destroyer MOHAWK.
11th Paid off
Into Dockyard Control at Malta for repair.
February Under repair
1 9 4 2
January Under repair
Completion date in June anticipated.
Extensively damaged by near miss and beached at Pinto Wharf.
Declared Constructive Total Loss and de-equipped.
In 1943 the hulk of this ship was
used as a Blockship in St Pauls Bay. The wreck was broken up during 1953.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
This convoy list has not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)