Co-Class Fleet Destroyer
ordered from Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle on 12th Sept. 1942 as the 7th RN warship to
bear the name and to ensure the distinguished service of her immediate predecessor
during WW2 would be kept in the Public eye. She was laid down on 18th March 1943 and
launched on 10th May 1944. He final completion was delayed until 4th September
1945 due to problems associated with the design and the manufacture of the
fire-control system for her main armament.
S u m m a r y o f S e r v i c e
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August Contractors trials and
September Commenced Acceptance Trials
service with 6th Destroyer Flotilla, British Pacific Fleet
as Senior Officer’s ship.
Pennant Number changed to D57 after VJ Day.
October Passage to join British Pacific
to December Joined Flotilla for service in Far East
as Senior Officer’s ship of 6th
(Note: During this
period RN warships were involved in support of
operations in the Dutch East Indies where insurgent
forces were opposed to the return of
Dutch colonial rule. In
area very extensive movement of returning civilians
imprisoned after the Japanese occupation took place under
supervision for passage to Singapore.
The re-occupation of Indo-China and guardship duties in Japan
were other events affecting Fleet
deployments. In addition a
patrol was maintained off Chinese ports to
flagged mercantiles which were subject to
attacks by both
Nationalist and Communist forces during the
ongoing civil war.
British Pacific Fleet was to be based in Hong
Kong pending the
restoration of facilities at Singapore.
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Flotilla for fleet and flotilla exercises and Far East
(Note: British Pacific Fleet headquarters moved to
Hong Kong from
Australia and later transferred to Singapore.
Deployments in Japan and support of military operations
East Indies also continued with other activities
China. each demanding an RN presence.
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in Far East continued.
(Note: RN base at Singapore available for refits
Japan guardship requirement continued with patrol for
protection of shipping in Formosa Strait
Deployments in support of operations against Communist
terrorists in Malaya began and RN ships provided gunfire
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Deployed with ships
of Flotilla for service with United Nations
naval task force
after outbreak of war in Korea.
(Note: Ships on Far
East Station were deployed with Commonwealth
in Korean waters on a regular basis after June and
gunfire support and for safe passage of shipping.
Strait patrol and guardship was maintained..
Support of operations in Malaya continued
as well as Fleet and Flotilla exercises.
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Flotilla duties in
Far East in continuation.
(Note: After end of
hostilities in Korea an RN presence was
continued for UN service off east Coast of Korea and
addition exercises were carried out with UN ships
Japan. These included US Navy and ships of the
RNZN and R Netherlands Navy. Similar exercises
carried out with USN based in the Philippines.
exercises were carried out with SEATO nations
Indian Ocean. Visits programme was significantly
and some ships visited ports in Australia and
East Station ships were involved in the atomic weapon
at Montebello and the H Bomb tests at Christmas
during this period.
were Royal Visits to Hong Kong and Singapore
which ships on station played their part.
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Nominated for return
to UK to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve status
after 14 years
continuous service on the Far East Station..
November Passage to UK from Singapore
to December Reduced to Reserve at Devonport after
de-storing and paying-off.
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HMS COSSACK (ii) was placed on
the Disposal List in 1960 and sold to BISCO for demolition. The ship was
towed to Troon for breaking-up by the West of
Scotland Shipbreaking Co. and arrived there to be broken-up on 1st March