HUNT-Class Escort Destroyer ordered from
Cammell Laird at Birkenhead under the 1939
Build Programme and laid down on 8th June 1939
as No J3302. The ship was launched on
29th January 1940 and the first
RN warship to carry the name. Build was
completed on 6th June 1940. In March
1942 she was adopted by the civil community of
after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National
Savings campaign. An association also exists
with the Berkeley fox hunt and the
name was this name was again used for a Mine
Counter Measures Ship in the
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Contractors trials and commissioned for
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials and storing, work-up
delayed because of shortage of destroyers in
Home waters because of the heavy losses and
damage to destroyers whilst covering
of allied troops from France.
Deployed for evacuation of troops and
civilian personnel from ports in Channel and
Bay of Biscay.
(Operation AERIAL – For details see BEF
SHIPS by J de Winser.)
Carried out unsuccessful attack on submarine
during passage to Channel deployment.
(Note: This date is to be confirmed as the
source records attack was made during escort
in Bay of
Biscay. As ship was completed and carried
out Acceptance Trials on 6th this seems most
Deployed at La Pallice and returned to UK as
escort for two mercantiles carrying RAF
Passage to Bordeaux with demolition party
Deployed at Bordeaux as communication link.
Relieved by HM Destroyer BEAGLE.
Deployed for evacuation at Le Verdon.
Returned to Plymouth with evacuees including
Paris Embassy staff.
Joined 1st Destroyer Flotilla at Portsmouth for convoy escort and
patrol duty in English Channel
Deployed for Flotilla duties based at
(Note: Delayed work-up was probably carried
Escorted ships of 1st Minelaying Squadron
with HM Cruiser CALCUTTA, sister Escort
HMS GARTH and Home Fleet destroyers during
minelay in SW Approaches to Irish Sea.
(Operation SN32 - For details of all
minelaying operations see Naval Staff
Carried out offensive sweep for German
invasion craft between Le Touquet and Cap
Deployed en convoy escort duty in English
Channel and North Sea.
Deployed for support of Coastal Forces craft
in operation against E-Boats.
Sustained damage by mine in Outer Medway sea
Taken in hand for repair at HM Dockyard,
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On completion resumed Flotilla convoy escort
Channel deployment in continuation.
Detached to escort HM Destroyer ICARUS
during lay of minefield between Le Havre and
and Cherbourg with HM Destroyer VANSITTART
and HM Escort Destroyer TYNEDALE
Convoy defence and patrol duty in English
Detached for operations against E-Boats with
(See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith and
BATTLE OF THE NARROW
P Scott for details of coastal activities).
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Convoy defence and patrol deployments in
Took part in unsuccessful attempt to
intercept German battleships SCHARNHORST and
GNEISENAU during the Channel Dash from
France to Germany.
(For details see HOLD THE NARROW SEA
and THE CHANNEL DASH by T Robertson).
Deployed on Channel and East Coast convoy
escort and patrol duty
(See HOLD THE NARROW SEA and THE BATTLE OF
Continuation of convoy defence duties.
Escorted HM Cruiser BERWICK from Portsmouth
to Rosyth with HMS BLENCATHRA.
Flotilla convoy escort duties in Channel and
Nominated for support of raid on Dieppe with
HM Escort Destroyers ALBRIGHTON,
BLEASDALE, CALPE, GARTH, BROCKLESBY, FERNIE
and Polish ORP
SLAZAK (Operation JUBILEE). Deployed for
preliminary exercises for planned assault.
Operation delayed and security may have been
Escorted raiding force for Dieppe landings.
Under air attack off Dieppe and received 2
direct hits forward of Bridge on starboard
Ship's back was broken causing severe
flooding of all the forward compartments.
Damage was beyond control ship and ship
Survivors rescued by HMS ALBRIGHTON and
Steam Gunboats of Coastal Forces.
Hulk was then sunk by torpedoes from HMS
(For details of this disastrous operation
see BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS. THE
WATERY MAZE by B Fergusson and Naval Staff
(Note: The lessons learnt at high cost in
lives and material were however embodied in
planning of the allied landings in Normandy in 1944 (Operation
of HMS BERKELEY
no convoys are listed