Modified BLACK SWAN-Class Sloop ordered from
Denny of Dumbarton on 12th August 1942 under the 1941 Build Programme, the ship
was laid down on 28th July 1943 and launched by Mrs Trinder
on 30th November 1944. She was the 5th RN ship to bear the name, introduced in
1808 and last used by a destroyer sold in 1920. Build was completed on 16th
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
FATSHAN CREEK 1857 - PEI-HO
FORTS 1859 - KOREA 1952-53*
(* Awarded for service with UN)
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for service with British Pacific Fleet
Contractors sea trials.
Commissioned for service
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.
passage to Malta for work-up on completion of trials and storing.
Worked-up for operational service in Malta.
August Passage to
join British Pacific Fleet.
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
HMS OPOSSUM joined the 33rd Escort Flotilla, BPF at Hong
Kong and went to refit at Sydney, NSW during mid 1946. In 1947 she returned to
UK to reduce to Reserve status at Portsmouth. She was brought forward for
service in 1951 after the outbreak of war in Korea where she served in the RN
element of the UN naval forces as part of the 3rd Frigate Flotilla. She left
the Far East in 1957 and was transferred to the 7th Frigate Squadron serving in
the South Atlantic. Two years later she again reduced to Reserve and was laid
up at Devonport until 1960 when she went on the on the Disposal List. Sold to
BISCO for demolition by Demmelweek and Redding the
ship arrived in tow at the breakers yard
at Plymouth on 26th April that year. The name was again used when given
to a submarine launched in 1963 and which served until Paid-off in the 1980’s.