Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine
propulsion machinery ordered on 15th
November 1940 from Harland and Wolff,
Belfast. Laid down on 24th July 1941
with sister ship HMS ACUTE, she was
launched on 2nd April 1942 and eighth RN
ship to carry this name, introduced in
1781 for the captured US Privateer ROYAL
LOUIS And last borne by a Destroyer
built in 1906 and sold in 1919. Her
build was completed on 16th June 1942.
This warship was adopted by the civil
community of Ashford, Kent after a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings
campaign held in February 1942.
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Contractors trials and commissioned for
service in 12th Minesweeping Flotilla.
Build completion and commenced
On completion took passage to Tobermory
for work-up and preparation for
operational minesweeping duties.
After Work-up took passage to Port Edgar
to carry out minesweeping training.
Commenced minesweeping training in Forth
First ship of the Class to raise a mine
during training in Firth of Forth
Passage to Harwich to join HM
Minesweeper ALGERINE and ACUTE serving
9th Minesweeping Flotilla, pending
formation of new Flotilla.
Deployed with 9th Flotilla for
minesweeping off the East coast to
safe passage of convoys to and from
Thames estuary. Carried out escort duty
and patrol as required.
North Sea deployment with Flotilla in
Nominated for foreign service on
formation of 12th Flotilla.
Joined 12th Minesweeping Flotilla on
formation with HM Minesweepers
ACUTE, ALGERINE, ALBACORE and CADMUS.
for minesweeping duties in Mediterranean
and support of planned
allied landings in North Africa
(Operation TORCH – See Naval Staff
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Joined military convoy KMS1 in Clyde as
part of escort during passage to
(Note: Departure from UK of HMS ALGERINE
which was leader of Flotilla was
On arrival at Gibraltar with Flotilla
and prepared for service in TORCH.
HMS ALGERINE rejoined Flotilla and HM
Minesweeper HUSSAR and SPEEDWELL
detached from 5th Minesweeping Flotilla
also joined for this operation on
arrival from UK.
Sailed from Gibraltar with ships of
Flotilla as part of escort for assault
during passage to Algiers.
Carried out minesweep with Flotilla and
HM Minesweepers HUSSAR and in advance of
landings on BAKER Beach at Algiers.
Deployed for anti-submarine patrol.
On release from patrol took passage to
Bougie to carry out minesweeping prior
to ,landings at Bougie (Operation
Deployed for minesweeping
Sustained damage in air attack of
During deployment off Bougie with HMS
ALGERINE, under attack by the Italian
submarine ASCIANGHI. After sinking of
HMS ALGERINE took part in rescue of
All officers from ALGERINE and 80 of the
ship’s company lost
North African coast minesweeping, patrol
and convoy defence in continuation
Sustained slight damage during air
attacks whilst escorting convoy off
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Convoy escort and patrol off North
African coast in continuation with HM
CADMUS, HUSSAR and SPEEDWELL.
(Note: These were the only ships of the
Flotilla which were operational due to
damage since arrival in the
North African coast deployment in
FANTOME, CIRCE and ESPIEGLE joined
(Note: HMS FANTOME replaced HMS ALGERINE
Flotilla nominated for joint operations
with 13th Minesweeping Flotilla for mine
of passage through Galita and Sicilian
Deployed at Bizerta for ANTIDOTE with
the two minesweeping Flotillas.
Took part in rescue operations after HMS
FANTOME sustained major damage when
mine exploded in sweep gear. Remained
with Flotilla when HMS CADMUS
detached to tow stricken ship to Bone.
(Note: HMS ACUTE took over duty as
ANTIDOTE deployment with Flotilla in
Mine clearance completed with
destruction of 126 mines by the 12th
HM Minesweepers FLY and MUTINE Flotilla,
the former taking over duty as Leader.
Nominated for minesweeping and escort
duties during planned allied landings in
Detached with HM Minesweeper ACUTE and
CIRCE for service with 14th Flotilla
Passage to eastern sector of Assault
area as part of escort for military
Carried out minesweeping prior to
landings and remained in area for
and escort duties for traffic between
Malta, Bizerta and beachheads.
Nominated with Flotilla for minesweeping
support of planned landings on Italian
mainland at Salerno (Operation
Deployed with Flotilla to ensure
clearance of mines during passage to
Under shore fire during minesweeping off
Released from AVALANCHE and deployed in
Bay of Naples for minesweeping with
(Note: Flotilla dealt with 135 mines in
Nominated for transfer to Capri on
completion of service in Bay of Naples.
Deployed for support of operations off
west coast of Sicily including mine
positions to be used by allied warships
for bombardments prior to military
(Note: Minesweeping operations were
frequently target of heavy fire from
in the Gulf of Gaeta and often
restricted in their ability to rapidly
change because of
sweeping operation in progress.)
West coast minesweeping duties and
support off west coast of Italy in
December (Note: At the
end of 1943 the Flotilla had swept 770
mines since arrival at Gibraltar
Nominated for minesweeping in support of
planned landings at Anzio (Operation
Based at Naples to prepare for SHINGLE.
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Passage to Anzio, 90 miles north of
Deployed with HM Minesweepers RINALDO
and WATERWITCH of 19th Flotilla to
provide swept channel off Anzio for
ships of the assault force.
On release from SHINGLE took passage to
part with ships of Flotilla and 19th
Flotilla in minesweeping to ensure that
channels for passage ships supporting
military operations, including
clearance of areas selected for naval
gunfire support by cruisers.
coast of Italy minesweeping in
continuation with part of Flotilla
(Note: Some ships of 12th Flotilla were
deployed off Malta for clearance of
Deployed with HM Minesweepers FLY,
CADMUS, ACUTE, ESPIEGLE of 12th Flotilla
and HM Minesweepers ROSARIO and SPANKER
of 19th Flotilla for night sweep off
to ensure bombardment area for naval
gunfire support of offensive by allied
Carried out sweep close inshore prior to
bombardment by HM Cruiser DIDO, US
BROOKLYN and PHILADELPHIA during which
the ships came under heavy fire from
On completion of bombardment
requirements rejoined Flotilla in mine
clearance of channel
from Naples to Anzio. 89 mines were cut.
Carried out joint minesweeping
operations with ships of Flotilla, 13th
Flotilla and 28th
Motor Launch Flotilla .
Cleared entrance to port of
Civitavecchia with joint minesweeping
Deployed for clearance of mines in
anchorage area off Civitavecchia.
Joint minesweeping operations in
continuation to ensure passage for ships
military advance .
Took part in operation to clear a
channel to port of Leghorn with ships of
Flotilla, 19th and
13th Minesweeping Flotillas (Operation
Port available for use by shipping.
(Note: 250 mines were swept during
clearance of channel between Anzio to
ships engaged were subject to shore
Deployed with Flotilla for clearance of
mines off west coast of Italy to ensure
Aircraft minelaying was a common feature
during this period )
Nominated for minesweeping
service with Flotilla, in support of
allied military operations
in Greece (Operation MANNA).
(Note: The Flotilla had swept 1013 mines
by this date, an achievement recognised
the Supreme Commander, Mediterranean in
a congratulatory signal)
Transferred to eastern Mediterranean
Passage to Greek waters with HM
Minesweepers ACUTE, ESPIEGLE and MUTINE.
(Note: 5th Minesweeping Flotilla
deployed for this work had recently
suffered two losses)
Carried out minesweeping operation to
clear passage into Salonika from
The four ships of 12th Flotilla were
joined by HM Minesweepers SKIPJACK
and TRUELOVE of 5th Flotilla
Aegean minesweeping in support of Greece
re-occupation in continuation.
for special operation to ensure safe
passage through Dardanelles for
warships taking US President and British
Prime Minister to Yalta for meeting with
Russian leader, Joseph Stalin,
(Note: During Aegean mine sweeping new
type of German mine (OBOE) was
dealt with for the first time. These
exploded after time delay from the
instant of cutting and could caused
damage to following minesweeper.
Commenced mine sweeping of Dardanelles
with HM Minesweepers FLY and MUTINE
of Flotilla which were being deployed
with ships of 5th Flotilla for this
Spent Xmas at Mudros.
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Resumed Dardanelles operations with HM
Minesweepers ACUTE, ESPIEGLE and ships
(Note HMS FLY was later relieved by HMS
ACUTE and HMS ESPIEGLE by HMS
On completion resumed Flotilla duties
off Greek coast including clearance of
channels near Doro and Thermia.
(Note: During Dardanelles operations 52
mines were swept an d HMS ACUTE went
aground on Turkish coast but was towed
On completion took passage to Malta and
taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
Resumed Flotilla duties.
Took passage from Malta with HM
Minesweepers ACUTE, CADMUS, CIRCE,
ESPIEGLE to resume minefield clearance
operations based at Naples.
Deployed with Flotilla for clearance
between Leghorn and Genoa.
Deployed off Genoa.
Port Anchorage at Genoa cleared of
(Note: HMS ACUTE of this Flotilla was
first major warship to enter Genoa.)
West coast minefield clearance in
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ALBACORE remained in the Mediterranean
with the 12th Flotilla after VJ Day and
was refitted in Malta during December
1945. On completion in February she
resumed mine clearance based at Genoa.
She sailed from Malta with the rest of
the Flotilla on 12th April that year and
had a further refit at Chatham in May.
In June the ship carried out mine
clearance in Home waters off the east
coast, in the Channel and off the coast
of Holland. The Flotilla was then
withdrawn from service, but this
minesweeper was retained for further
deployment after a refit at Portsmouth.
Her final duties were to take part in
the destruction of German fortifications
at Heligoland, Operation BIG BANG with
other RN ships in April 1947 and later
to carry out further mine clearance
based at Cuxhaven. She Paid-off in
October 1947 and was reduced to Reserve
status at Chatham, Placed on the
Disposal List in 1962 she was sold to
BISCO for breaking-up by Messrs Cordron
and arrived for demolition at Port
Glasgow in tow on 9th September 1963.
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