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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2004

HMS BRISSENDEN (L 79) - Type IV, Hunt-class Escort Destroyer including Convoy Escort Movements

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Brissenden (Navy Photos, click to enlarge) return to Contents List 
 

Type IV HUNT-Class Escort Destroyer ordered on 28th July 1940 from Thornycroft of Woolston under the 1940 War Emergency Programme. This ship was built to a Thornycroft design and laid down as Job J6140 on 28th February 1941 (See General Information). She was launched on 15th September 1942 as the first RN ship to carry this name. Build was completed on 12th February 1943. After a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 this destroyer had been adopted by the civil community of Barnes, Surrey.

 

B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s

 

ATLANTIC 1943 - ARCTIC 1943 - ENGLISH† CHANNEL 1943-45 - SICILY†† 1943 - NORMANDY 1944† - BISCAY†† 1944

 

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a field Green, a hare sejant affronte Proper.

 

 

D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e

 

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February                Contractors sea trials and commissioned for service with Home Fleet.

                12th        Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials

                                On completion of trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow.

 

March                    Worked-up with ships of Home Fleet at Scapa Flow

                                Deployed for patrol and convoy defence in NW Approaches.

 

April                       Home Fleet duties in continuation.

                21st         Joined HM Destroyers ANTHONY and LEWES for Local Escort of military convoy

                                WS29A.

                26th        Relieved as escort by HM Destroyer BOREAS and resumed Home Fleet duties

 

May                        Deployed for convoy escort and patrol in NW Approaches.

                                Nominated for support of allied landings in Sicily.

                                Operation HUSKY - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C

                                Barnett, Naval Staff History and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser).

 

June

                21st         Joined joint military convoy WS31/KMF17 as escort during passage to Gibraltar with

                                other Home Fleet destroyers on passage for HUSKY.

                26th        Remained as escort for KMF17 with HM Cruiser UGANDA during passage to Gibraltar

                                when WS31 detached and took passage to Cape of Good Hope.

                                Joined Destroyer Division 58 under allied command.

 

July                         Passage to Bone to join Support Force East.

                7th          Sailed from Bone as escort for Assault Convoy KMF18.

                                (Note: Deployed as Escort Group V with HM Escort Destroyers BLANKNEY. .

                                BLENCATHRA, BRECON and BROCKLESBY.)

                9th          Refuelled and returned to KMF18.

                10th        Arrived at BARK WEST Beach Head and detached from KMS18

                                Provided naval support and carried out patrol duty off beachhead.

                                Deployed with HM Destroyer BLANKNEY to occupy Pozzallo.

                13th        In collision with HMS BLANKNEY and sustained major damage to port bow structure.

                                Withdrawn from operation and took passage to Malta for repair.

                                Repair to be carried out in UK when condition satisfactory for passage.

 

August                  Passage to UK for repair.

                21st         Taken in hand for repair in Liverpool at commercial shipyard.

 

September             Under repair.

                                Nominated for service in 15th Destroyer Flotilla at Plymouth.

 

October

                2nd         On completion took passage to Plymouth.

                                Deployed in English Channel and SW Approaches for convoy defence and patrol.

 

November              Nominated for detached duty with Home Fleet.

                                Passage to resume Home Fleet duties

                10th        Joined returning Russian Convoy RA54A with HM Destroyer MIDDLETON and HM

                                Fleet Minesweeper HALCYON off Iceland as escort for final leg of passage to Loch Ewe.

                13th        Detached from RA54A

                15th        Joined outward Russian Convoy JW54A with H M Destroyer TERMAGANT and Polish

                                destroyer ORP BURZA as escort for part of passage to Iceland.

                18th        Detached from JW54A on arrival of Ocean Escort

                                (For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg,

                                THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield, CONVOY ! by P Kemp and ARCTIC

                                CONVOYS by R. Woodman.

 

December              Resumed Channel duties with Flotilla at Plymouth.

 

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January                  Deployed in Channel and SW Approaches for convoy defence and patrol with Flotilla.

 

February                Nominated for TUNNEL interception operation off French coast.

                                (See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith).

                5th          In action with HM Destroyers TANATSIDE, TALYBONT and WENSLEYDALE against

                                German Torpedo Boat T29, Minesweepers M156 and M206 off North Brittany coast,

                                (Note: M156 was badly damaged and later sunk in harbour during an RAF attack on the

                                port of  L'Abervrach, Brittany.

 

March                    Deployed as escort for coastal convoys.

                15th        Intercepted E-Boats with HM Destroyer MELBREAK in defence of Convoy WP492 north

                                of Lands End.

                                Damaged E-Boat S143.

 

April                       Channel deployment with Flotilla in continuation

 

May                        Nominated for support of allied landings In Normandy with Force B (Follow-Up Force for

                                Western Task Force Assault beaches under US command).

                                (For details of activities prior to and during landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K

                                Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO).)

                                Took part in preparatory exercises.

 

June                        Joined Force B at Milford Haven with HMS WENSLEYDALE.

                4th          Operation postponed for 24 hours.

                5th          Passage to Channel for interception patrol to prevent access by surface warships and

                                submarines into Western Task Force area.

                12th        In action with HMS WENSLEYDALE against E-Boats attempting to attack shipping

                                and escorts.

                                (Note: It is assumed that ship was deployed for escort of Follow-up convoys when not

                                deployed for interception patrol.)

                22nd       After weather abated enemy operations increased with air support.

                                Under air attacks during patrol.

                                On release from NEPTUNE returned to Flotilla duties and deployed on convoy defence in

                                English Channel area.

July                         Deployed with Flotilla in SW Approaches for convoy defence.

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November

 

December              Taken in hand for refit at Pembroke Dock.

 

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January                  Under refit.

 

February                Nominated for transfer to 21st Destroyer Flotilla at Sheerness.

                                On completion of post refit trials took passage to join Flotilla.

                                (Note: Enemy submarine activity was concentrating on focal points of convoys in

                                English Channel which was being used by re-routed Atlantic convoys.

                                Mining by E-Boats and submersibles had also increased in Thames Estuary area.

                                These threats made heavy demands on escorts.

                                Submarines were those fitted with SCHNORKEL device.

                                See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and HOLD THE NARROW SEA by

                                P Smith.)

 

March                    Deployed with Flotilla in Channel area and Nore Command.

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May

 

June                        Transferred to Mediterranean for use as Reserve if required for deployment with Eastern

to                            Fleet in Indian Ocean.

August                  (Note: Ships in Mediterranean were deployed for support of occupation garrisons and

                                for exercises with ships on passage to join Fleets in the Far East.)

 

P o s t†† W a r†† N o t e s

 

HMS BRISSENDEN remained in the Mediterranean after VJ Day and was deployed with the Mediterranean Fleet until 1947. In this period she carried out Palestine Patrol. After returning to UK this ship Paid-off and reduced to Reserve status at Portsmouth on 19th June 1948. She laid-up there until 1953 when she was transferred to the Reserve Fleet at Lisahally, Ulster. Although under consideration by Kuwait for purchase and conversion to become the Royal Yacht this was not agreed and the ship was put on the Disposal List (Sales) in 1962. After sale on 18th February 1965 to BISCO for demolition by Arnott Young at Dalmuir on 18th February 1965 for £29,000 she arrived at the breakerís yard in the Clyde on 3rd March that year.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of  HMS BRISSENDEN

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above 

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

28/04/43

28/04/43

XK 005

06/05/43

06/05/43

18/06/43

26/06/43

KMF 017

27/06/43

27/06/43

13/06/43

02/07/43

UGS 010

06/07/43

10/07/43

28/06/43

07/07/43

KMF 018

10/07/43

11/07/43

05/07/43

unknown

MKF 017A

unknown

17/07/43

28/07/43

02/08/43

GUS 011

08/08/43

26/08/43

28/07/43

10/08/43

SL 134

15/08/43

19/08/43

01/11/43

10/11/43

RA 054A

13/11/43

14/11/43

15/11/43

15/11/43

JW 054A

18/11/43

24/11/43

26/11/43

05/12/43

RA 054B

09/12/43

09/12/43

14/12/43

14/12/43

WP 446

16/12/43

16/12/43

24/12/43

24/12/43

WP 451

26/12/43

26/12/43

09/01/44

09/01/44

WP 459

10/01/44

11/01/44

17/01/44

17/01/44

WP 463

19/01/44

19/01/44

21/01/44

22/01/44

WP 465

24/01/44

24/01/44

08/02/44

08/02/44

WP 474

09/02/44

10/02/44

10/02/44

10/02/44

WP 475

11/02/44

12/02/44

12/02/44

12/02/44

WP 476

13/02/44

14/02/44

14/02/44

14/02/44

WP 477

15/02/44

16/02/44

18/02/44

18/02/44

WP 479

19/02/44

20/02/44

20/02/44

20/02/44

WP 480

21/02/44

23/02/44

24/02/44

24/02/44

WP 482

26/02/44

26/02/44

26/02/44

27/02/44

WP 483

28/02/44

28/02/44

03/03/44

03/03/44

WP 486

04/03/44

05/03/44

05/03/44

05/03/44

WP 487

07/03/44

07/03/44

11/03/44

11/03/44

WP 490

12/03/44

13/03/44

13/03/44

13/03/44

WP 491

15/03/44

15/03/44

19/03/44

19/03/44

WP 494

20/03/44

21/03/44

31/03/44

31/03/44

WP SP 26

02/04/44

02/04/44

04/04/44

04/04/44

WP 502

05/04/44

06/04/44

06/04/44

06/04/44

WP 503

07/04/44

08/04/44

10/04/44

10/04/44

WP 505

12/04/44

12/04/44

16/04/44

16/04/44

WP 508

17/04/44

18/04/44

18/04/44

18/04/44

WP 509

19/04/44

20/04/44

24/04/44

24/04/44

WP 512

25/04/44

26/04/44

08/05/44

08/05/44

WP 519

10/05/44

10/05/44

24/02/45

24/02/45

BTC 079

27/02/45

27/02/45

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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