Fleet Destroyer ordered on 3rd December 1941
with the 9th Emergency Flotilla
from Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness.
After a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in March 1942
this ship was adopted by the civil community of
Lincoln. She was laid down on
23rd September 1942 as Yard No 834 and launched
on 30th December 1943. She was
the 7th RN warship to carry the name which dates
from 1797. It was used by a
trawler hired in 1939 and renamed in 1944 before
the completion date for this destroyer on 14th
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During departure for trials defect discovered in
gearing and on entering
collided with the wall causing some structural
work delayed Acceptance by about 3 weeks.
for service in 27th Destroyer Flotilla.
commenced Acceptance Trials.
completion of trials and storing took passage to
at Scapa Flow with ships of Home Fleet.
Modifications carried out prior to joining
Flotilla in Ceylon.
Deployed temporarily with Mediterranean Fleet.
Bombarded Milos with HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V in support of the
retake islands in the Aegean.
(See ENGAGE THE) ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli
formed in Ceylon and transferred with Flotilla
for service in Pacific.
(See OPERATION PACIFIC by E. Gray, THE!
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton. TF
Smith and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
Passage to Ceylon with HMS KING GEORGE V to Join
ships of Flotilla.
Deployed as part of
Force 67 with HM Destroyers KEMPENFELT,
WAKEFUL as destroyer screen for HM Cruisers
NEWCASTLE, BLACK PRINCE,
Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE and ILLUSTRIOUS
during series of
oil refineries In Sumatra
ROBSON part of Operation OUTFLANK.
Refuelled with other
destroyers from Force 69 before taking passage
to the flylng-off position
of Diamond Point.
commenced but diverted to secondary target at
Belawan Deli due to
conditions which prevented strikes at primary
details see above references.)
22nd Returned to
Trincomalee with ships of
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in hand for repair by HM Dockyard Bombay.
completion of post repair trials took passage to
Sydney to join
Flotilla serving in SW Pacific
under US Navy overall command.
for service in SW Pacific under overall US Navy
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to D36 to conform
with US Navy
identity used for
to US Third Fleet with ships of British Pacific
had been redesignated as
Task Force 37.
This was due to re-organisation of US Pacific
structure. See WAR WITH
and THE FORGOTTEN FLEET.)
Remained at Sydney when
Task Force 37 ships sailed for Manus prior to
Joining U S Third
for operations against
Japanese mainland targets.
(Note: Ship was
nominated with HM Destroyers BARFLEUR and
WAKEFUL for escort of
Aircraft Carrier INDEFATIGABLE which had been
delayed from sailing due to
defects in compressors.
from Sydney to Join Task Force 37 in operational
area with call
at Menus, as escort for
INDEFATIGABLE with HMS BARFLEUR and HMS WAKEFUL.
HM Aircraft Carrier INDEFATIGABLE with HM
Join TF37 for combined RN/USN air attacks on
Tokyo and Yokohama
Task Force 37 in
operational area as escort for HM Aircraft
23rd After Task
had replenished deployed screen during attacks
by aircraft from RN
aircraft carriers on
subsidiary shore targets and shipping.
BPF ships were deliberately
excluded from participation in attacks on the
which were Japanese warships lying at
Kure. See above references.)
Replenished with Task
See above references for
details of refuelling problems and shortages.)
Deployed as part of
aircraft carriers screen during further attacks
on airfields and shipping
during which Japanese frigates OKINAWA was
Task Force ships delayed by weather conditions.
with Fleet screen whilst flying operations
suspended because of
US operation to carry out atomic bomb attacks.
Part of escort joint
air attacks by Task Forces 37 and US Task Force
38(US) on targets in
Honshu and Hokkaido.
VC award made posthumously to pilot of aircraft
FORMIDABLE killed in
level attack which sank Japanese destroyer. See
Transferred to Task Group 38.5 with
the RN ships selected for retention in 3rd US
These were HM Aircraft Carrier INDEFATIGABLE, HM
V, HM Cruiser GAMBIA, HM Destroyers TENACIOUS,
BARFLEUR, HM Australian Destroyers NAPIER and
transfer was made after all other ships of
British Pacific Fleet had bean withdraw
3rd US Fleet due to lack of fuel from British
Part of screen for major units of
TG38.5 ships during combined air attacks by USN
on targets in Tokyo area.
Deployed with screen for ships of
TG38.5 during continuation of attacks on Tokyo
HM Battleship DUKE OP YORK Joined Task Group
38.5 on 16th.)
P o s t W a r N o t e s
WRANGLER was present with other ships of
the Token Force at the formal surrender of Japan
in Tokyo Bay on 2nd
September 1945. She was then deployed to assist
in the repatriation of allied
personnel captured or interned by Japan before
rejoining the Flotilla for BPF
duties at Hong Kong. The ship took passage to
Devonport in December 1945 and
deployed for training duties until selected for
conversion into a Type 15
Frigate by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. She was
re-commissioned in 1953 for
service with the 5th Frigate Squadron in the
Mediterranean. Three years later
she was transferred to the South African Navy
and following refit in Cardiff
renamed SAS VRYSTAAT on 26th November 1956.
After ten years on the Active List
this ship was taken out of service and sunk as a
target in April 1976.