P or PALADIN-Class Fleet
Destroyer ordered with 2nd
Emergency Flotilla in October 1939 from the Vickers Armstrong shipyard
Newcastle. She was laid down on 26th December 1939 with two sister
PENN and HMS PETARD. Despite damage during an air raid the ship was
had been programmed on 10th June 1941. She was the 10th RN ship to
name, introduced in 1740 for a Sloop. It was last used for a pre WW1
destroyer sold in 1921. Build was completed on 31st August 1942 at a
£408,200, which excluded Admiralty supplied equipment such as weapons
communications outfits .After a successful WARSHIP WEEK for National
March 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of Thurrock, Essex.
B a t t l e
H o n o u r s
1759 - HAVANA
BALTIC 1854-55 - NORTH AFRICA 1942
H e r a l d i c
D a t a
Badge: On a Field Blue, a
porcupine proper in front of two tridents gold.
D e t a i l s
W a r
S e r v i c e
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August Contractors trials and
31st Build completion
and commenced Acceptance Trials.
September On completion of trials
and storing took passage to Scapa Flow for work-up with Home Fleet.
deployment with Force H at Gibraltar.
October Passage to Gibraltar
to join HM Destroyers PANTHER, PARTRIDGE, PATHFINDER and
PENN in 3rd
Destroyer Flotilla based at Gibraltar.
escort of military convoys during passage to Mediterranean for the
landings in North Africa.
November Deployed with Flotilla
and 12 other destroyers in the screen for HM Battleships DUKE OF YORK,
Battlecruiser RENOWN, HM Aircraft Carriers FURIOUS, VICTORIOUS ,
Cruisers BERMUDA, ARGONAUT and SIRIUS which providing cover against
warship interference during landings.
TORCH. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett, RELUCTANT
ENEMIES by W
Tute, BRITISH INVASION FLEET by J de Winser and the Naval Staff
anti-submarine patrols for military convoy defence during follow up phase.
8th Deployed with HM
Destroyers ANTELOPE. VANOC, BOREAS and Polish ORP BLYSKAWICA as
troopship ss OTRANTO, HM Depot Ship MAIDSTONE and ss TEGELBUG during
Gibraltar to Oran.
submarine attack and hit by torpedoed by U602, 70 miles NNE in position 35-55N
major structural damage with flooding.
included seven killed or missing and three wounded.
personnel not required for damage control to HMS VANOC.
Taken in tow
by HM Frigate EXE and topweight jettisoned in an attempt to reduce increasing
transferred to French tug for remainder of passage to Arzeu, Algeria.
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January Prepared for tow to
March Passage under tow to
Oran for survey.
28th Docked at Oran.
May After survey taken
in hand for repair to allow passage to Gibraltar in two parts
to Two Sections
taken in tow by tugs and took passage to UK as part of separate convoys
June SL129 and AX? to
escort was provided for final passage in English Channel to Portsmouth.
N o t e
The two sections of this ship
ware used for accommodation
of crews of Landing Craft in Stokes Bay at Portsmouth and were identified as PORK
(Forward Section) and PINE (After
Section). The Sections were placed on the Disposal List in 1946 and sold for
breaking-up. The Forward Section being towed to Plymouth and the After
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
no convoy escort duties have