Variant of H-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered on 8th December
1937 from JS White of Cowes, IoW by Brazil.
The ship was laid down on 30th March 1938 and
when launched on 17th July
1939 was given the name JAVARY. During fitting
out on 5th September she was
requisitioned by the Admiralty and renamed HMS
HAVANT, a name previously used
for a minesweeper sold to Siam in 1922. Basic
design was similar to the RN
H-Class but cabin accommodation was much
improved. Prior to entering
RN service the after 4.7in gun was removed to
enable more depth charges to
be carried. This ship was commissioned for RN
service en 19th December 1939
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
ATLANTIC 1940 - DUNKIRK 1940
H e r a l d i c D a t a
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Build completion and commenced Acceptance
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Commenced work-up at
Joined 9th Destroyer Flotilla at
Plymouth and deployed for convoy
Carried out anti-submarine search operation in
SW Approaches with HM Destroyers
WHITSHED and ARDENT.
Under repair and installation of degaussing
equipment at Devonport.
(Note: Some reports suggest defects due to
Deployed for Atlantic convoy escort and patrol
in SW Approaches
Detached for duty with Home Fleet during
Greenock for escort of
- Gibraltar convoy.
Visited Thorshaven, Faeroes to determine the
local political situation after the
German invasion of
Escorted HM Cruiser SUFFOLK carrying Royal
Marines for the initial occupation
Joined Home Fleet for escort of military
Escort of military convoys to
Transferred to Western Approaches Command for
Atlantic convoy escort.
and ss LANCASTRIA carrying troops to
RM advance party (Operation ALABASTER).
On arrival at
redeployed for duty in Channel at
Began evacuation of troops from
Having already carried 2,300 troops from the
beaches, took passage from
Embarked 500 troops and after leaving
went to assist HM Destroyer IVANHOE
which had been damaged in air attacks.
Took off some of her passengers.
During passage to
Dover came under heavy air
attack and received
three direct hits
HM Minesweeper SALTASH attempted tow
troops and ship's company.
Towing operation abandoned and ship sunk by
gunfire from HMS SALTASH in position
Eight of ships company were killed and 25
wounded as well as many soldier casualties.
machine-gunned whilst in the water.
For details of DYNAMO see BEF SHIPS by J de
Winser and NINE DAYS AT
DUNKIRK by AD Divine.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
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