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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2005

HMS COQUETTE (J 350) - Algerine-class Fleet Minesweeper

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

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ALGERINE-Class Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Reciprocating propulsion machinery ordered for the Royal Canadian Navy on 25th July 1942 from Redfern at Toronto. The† ship was† to† be† named HMCS BOWMANVILLE but was transferred to the Royal Navy before completion of build. Laid down on† 9th August 1943 this minesweeper was launched as HMS COQUETTE on 24th November 1943. She was the seventh RN ship to carry this name, introduced in 1783 for a captured French 6th Rate and last borne by a destroyer built in 1897 and lost in the North Sea on 7th March 1916 after being mined.. Build was completed on 13th July 1944. This warship was not adopted by a UK civil community after a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign.


B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s

SATSUMA 1863 - KAGASHIMA 1864 - SIMONOSEKI 1864 - ASHANTEE 1873-4 - SUEZ CANAL 1882 - SUAKIN 1884-5

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a Field Blue a Fan Gold with white ribs.


D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e


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1 9 4 4


July†††††††††††† Contractors trials and commissioned for service in 8th Minesweeping Flotilla.

†††† 13th††††††† Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.


August†††††††† On completion of trials and storing took passage to UK to work-up for

††††††††††††††††††† operational service.



September†† Commenced minesweeping work-up in Forth area based at Port Edgar.

†††††             †† (Note: 8th Minesweeping Flotilla was to comprise HM Minesweepers

††††††††††††            ††††††† REGULUS (SO), COQUETTE, THISBE, MARY ROSE, MOON,

††††††††††††††            ††††† PROVIDENCE, SEABEAR and ROWENA. These were all sister

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ships of this Class and were built in Canadian shipyards, except

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HMS ROWENA which was built on the Clyde at Renfrew.

†††††††††††††††††††             By this period several ships had not completed work-up.


October††††††† On completion took passage to Gibraltar with HMS ROWENA for duty

†††††††††††††††††††† with HMS REGULUS and HMS PROVIDENCE which were deployed

†††††††††††††††††††† in western Mediterranean for minesweeping


November††† Took passage to Malta with ships of Flotilla deployed at Gibraltar and

†††††††††††††††††††† commenced local duties pending arrival of ships from UK.

†††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HMS MARY ROSE, HMS THISBE and HMS† MOON joined

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and enabled ships of the Flotilla to be deployed as a complete

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Flotilla, although HMS SEABEAR had been delayed by repair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in UK)


December††† Nominated for minesweeping duties with Flotilla at Taranto.

†† †††††††††††††††††Passage from Malta with ships of Flotilla.

††††††††††††††††††† Commenced sweeping operations and had significant successes.

††††††††††††††††††† (Note: This area had been heavily mined to protect Italian naval base and

††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††clearance was essential for access of allied mercantiles and warships.


1 9 4 5


January††††††† On release from duty at Taranto took passage to Malta for maintenance and

††††††††††††††††††† repair with HMS MOON, HMS PROVIDENCE and HMS SEABEAR.

†††††† 12th††††† Assumed duty as Senior Officerís ship for Flotilla after the sinking of HMS

††††††††††††††††††† REGULUS during minesweeping operations off Corfu and took passage from

††††††††††††††††††† Malta to join ships of Flotilla

†††††† 16th††††† Deployed at Corfu with Flotilla to continue mine clearance allowing entry to

††††††††††††††††††† port.



††††††††† 2nd††† On completion of operations off Corfu transferred for temporary duty with

††††††††††††††††††† 12th Minesweeping Flotilla at Bari.

††††††††††††††††††† Passage to Bari with HMS ROWENA.


March††††††††† Deployed at Bari for minesweeping operations in Adriatic.

††††††††† 12th†† Rejoined 8th Flotilla at Taranto for Flotilla minesweeping operations based

††††††††††††††††††† at Taranto

††††††††††††††††††† On completion took passage to Malta with Flotilla.


April††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla based at Malta for local minesweeping operations.

††††††††††††††††††† Nominated for minesweeping off west Coast of Italy with 8th Flotilla.

††††††††† 20th†† Took passage with Flotilla from Malta.

††††††††† 22nd† Arrived at Leghorn after call at Naples.

††††††††††††††††††† (Note: 8th Flotilla were relieving 12th Flotilla to continue mine clearance of

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† entry to Port of Genoa.


May†††††††††††† Leghorn based operations in continuation.

†††††††††† 12th† Took passage from Leghorn to Malta on relief by 12th Minesweeping Flotilla,

††††††††††††††††††† Maintenance and Leave period in Malta.

††††††††††††††††††† Returned to Leghorn with Flotilla.


June†††††††††††† Deployed at Leghorn for continuance of minesweeping operations†

†††††††††† 26th†† Took passage to Malta on completion of operations.


July†††††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla based in Malta for local mine clearance.


August††††††††† Nominated for service in Far East with Flotilla for mine clearance based at

†††††††††††††††††††† Hong Kong

†††††††††† 25th†† Took passage to Hong Kong with Flotilla.


P o s t† †W a r † N o t e s


HMS COQUETTE served with the 8th Flotilla in the Far East as part of the Pacific Fleet from October 1945 and took part in minesweeping in Hong Kong and Singapore areas until early in 1946. She was transferred to the Mediterranean with the Flotilla and from March onwards carried out clearance operations off North Africa at Bizerta and near Malta until return to UK in August when the Flotilla disbanded. She was paid off and reduced to Reserve. Laid Ėup at Harwich this ship was brought forward in April 1951 for service in the Fishery Protection Squadron. In November 1956 when relieved by HM Frigate PALLISER she was Paid-off and placed in Reserve until 1958 when put on the Disposal List. Sold to Metal Industries that year the ship arrived at the Breakerís Yard at Rosyth in tow on 26th May 1958 for demolition.



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