Fleet Destroyer ordered From Hawthorn Leslie
at Newcastle on 27th April 1942
with ships of the 1st and 2nd Flotillas on
27th April 1942. The ship was laid
down on 8t.h June 1943 and launched on 19th
July 1944. She was the 1st RN ship
to carry this name which commemorates the
brilliant action by Sir Samuel Hood
in Frigate Bay on 12 April 1782. Build was
completed on 29th September 1946 after
delay due to late delivery of the Mk VI
Gunnery Director and further problems
to installation of the fire-control system.
This delay enabled snip to be
completed with the more modem design of ten
centimetre Radar Type 293 with
associated display units. During build she was
fitted with a Dutch designed
mounting controlled by an RN radar, but
this proved to be unsatisfactory and was
removed during later service. The new
design Mark VI Twin 4.5 inch mounting was
fitted in B-position, but
the Type 262 radar controlled AA mounting was
not installed during build, as in
the later 1943 BATTLE Class. This ship was
designed for use as a Flotilla
Leader and had the necessary additional
accommodation and office facilities.
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completion delayed by deliver of Mk VI
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fire-control and radar installations.
For details of development arid use of radar
in the Royal Navy see
AT AT SEA by D Howse
Selected for use as Gunnery Trials Ship
for new mounting after acceptance.
completion date and commenced acceptance
completion of trials and calibrations took
passage to Portsmouth for
Ship attached to HMS EXCELLENT.
for trials on new Mark VI
twin 4.5" mounting.
Portsmouth and as required for
Gunnery trials and training.
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training attached to HMS EXCELLENT
service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla,
Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to D84.
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Trials and training deployment
Prepared for commissioning
with full complement.
Joined 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla on formation with HM Destroyers
and VIGO. Deployed as Leader.
Flotilla trials and exercises
prior to deployment.
to Mediterranean for
service in Destroyer Command in place of
Attached to HM Depot Ship FORTH based
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Deployed with Flotilla for Fleet
duties and took part in Fleet Exercise and
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Mediterranean deployment in
Deployed with Flotilla in Persian
Relieved snips of 1st
Destroyer Flotilla in support of British
interests when the
oil industry was nationalised.
Returned to Mediterranean when
all British nationals had been evacuated.
Resumed Mediterranean Fleet duties
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Deployed in Mediterranean for
Fleet duties with Flotilla.
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deployment in continuation.
Provided assistance with HM
Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier THESEUS and HM
earthquake in Cyprus. Landed party at Paphos.
Resumed Fleet service with Flotilla
in Malta on completion.
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Mediterranean deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
with Greek Destroyer STKITIS to assist in
passengers and crew
EMPIRE WINDRUSH on fire after an
Embarked personnel and took
troopship in tow.
(Note : Tow
not successful. EMPIRE WINDRUSH sank
near Algiers on 3oth March.)
Resumed Fleet duties with Flotilla.
Nominated for return to
Returned to UK with Flotilla and
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as Leader of 3rd Destroyer Squadron.
Deployed in Home waters
for Fleet service and took part in Exercise
Flotilla took passage to
Nominated for refit,
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ARMADA, BARFLEUR and ST KITTS of 3rd Destroyer
deployed in the
Mediterranean and took part in Operation
MUSKETEER at Suez in
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On completion of post, refit
trials placed in Reserve.
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Laid up in Reserve
Nominated for service in 1st Destroyer
Prepared to re-commission
for General Service in place of BARFLEUR.
Deployed as Leader with HMS CAMPERDOWN and HMS
in Home waters.
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Destroyer Squadron deployment
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Transferred to re-constituted 1st
for General Service (Home and Mediterranean)
destroyers FINISTERRE, CAMPERDOWN,
waters for Fleet exercises and visits.
Passage to Mediterranean
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Deployed in Mediterranean
Despatched with Flotilla to Persian Gulf
after request from Ruler of Kuwait for
resist invasion by Iraqi forces.
Passage to Bahrain. (Operation
On release from VANTAGE took return
passage to Malta.
deployment in Mediterranean.
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Nominated for reduction to
Passage to UK from Malta with Flotilla.
Paid off and reduced to Reserve.
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SAINTES was transferred to Rosyth
for use as a training ship attached to HMS
after being de-stored. The ship
remained in that role until being placed on
the Disposal List in 1972. Sold to
on 26th June 1972 she was
towed to Cairn Ryan arriving there on 1st
September 1972 for