Depot Ship built by Vickers
Armstrong at Barrow and laid
down in April 1927. The
ship was launched on 19th July 1928 as the
10th RN ship to carry
the name, introduced in 1693 for a 3rd
Rate and was last used for a
sold in 19221. The ship went to the China
Station early in
1940 and became the Depot Ship for the 4th
Submarine Flotilla at Hong Kong
until being transferred to the
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On a Field Silver, a Lion
black upon a Bridge Red.
Badge derives from the Arms and Seal
the Rochester Bridge Commissioners)
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9 3 9
Under refit by HM Dockyard Singapore.
9 4 0
On completion of post refit trials took
passage to Hong Kong.
Nominated for service in the Mediterranean
with submarine Flotilla.
Sailed from Hong Kong for passage to
Mediterranean with calls at Singapore,
for support of submarine operations in
Deployment at Alexandria for support of
1st Submarine Flotilla in continuation
1 9 4 1
Support of Mediterranean submarines in
continuation at Alexandria.
9 4 2
Deployment at Alexandria in continuation.
Nominated for transfer to Beirut in the event of threat of invasion of
by enemy forces.
Remained at Alexandria for submarine
Embarked stores and 1,135 personnel for
transfer to new base at
Took passage to Beirut escorted by cruiser and seven Fleet destroyers.
Sunk by torpedoes fired from U372 off
Only 30 personnel were lost.
U-WAR by C Blair for details.
later salvage operations 47 of the stock
of 90 torpedoes carried were recovered.
Destroyers SIKH, ZULU, CROOME and
TETCOTT sank U372 on 4th August in
position 32.28N 34..37E.
47 personnel from the submarine were
rescued including a Lebanese civilian
presence on board has never been explained
and may have been an Agent for German
Later in 1942 HMS MEDWAY II was
commissioned at Beirut for submarine
Accommodation was provided in HM Coastal
Minelayer MEDUSA for personnel
employed in facilities ashore. Later
support was transferred to Malta remaining
designated as HMS MEDWAY with
accommodation provided in HM Minesweeper