Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine
propulsion machinery ordered on 30th May
1941 from Blyth Dock.
The ship was laid down on 23rd April
1942 and was, launched on 4th April 1943
as the fifth RN ship to carry this name,
introduced in 1566 for ship hired by the
City of London
which fought against the Armada.
It was last used for a Gunboat built by
Laird in 1856 and
broken up in 1869. The build of this
minesweeper was completed on 5th August
1943.and had been
adopted by the civil communities of
Bungay, Beccles and Halesworth in
Suffolk after a successful
WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign
held in March 1942. In 1942 it was proposed
to use this name for a Light Fleet
Aircraft Carrier but this was changed
later to HMS WARRIOR.
a t t l e H o n o u r s
1588* - CADIZ 1596* - SOUTH FRANCE 1944
* The awards are recorded in both
Manning (1959) and Thomas
(1988) as being made to the first
ship which in fact
was mercantile. An award MADAGASCAR
in Manning cannot be reconciled
since no ship of
this name can be traced as being in
service and no Honours for an action
on this date have been found. None
of these three are recorded in Kemp
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trials and commissioned for service in
19th Minesweeping Flotilla
Build completion and commenced
On completion took passage to Tobermory
to work-up for operational service.
Passage to Port Edgar and deployed in
Firth of Forth for minesweeping training
On completion of
Passage to Kyle of
Lochalsh to join Flotilla on
Joined Flotilla on formation.
Other ships in Flotilla were HM
Minesweepers RINALDO (SO), ROSARIO,
Nominated for foreign
service with ships of Flotilla
and took passage from Clyde
Deployed as escort with ships of
Flotilla, for Convoy KX12 during passage
Milford Haven to Gibraltar
comprised two mercantiles and eight
and a coal
burning trawler which limited speed of
convoy to 6 k knots
sufficient smoke to be a constant source
of danger !)
Took passage from Gibraltar with HMS RINALDO and HMS WATERWITCH to
SPANKER was detached for service as a
convoy escort at Algiers
ROSARIO remained at Gibraltar for similar duties.)
Deployed for local
minesweeping and escort duties in Malta
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Malta deployment in continuation.
Took passage from Malta with HMS BRAVE
and HMS WATERWITCH for
service at Naples with HM Fleet
Minesweepers ROTHESAY and
On arrival prepared for minesweeping in
support of allied landings at Anzio
as part of
2nd Minesweeping Group.
Under repair and Naples and did not sail
with HMS WATERWITCH for clearance
of mines in
advance of assault ships.
Joined Group off Nazi and carried out
mine clearance operations.
Released from SHINGLE and took passage
to return to Malta.
Deployed at Malta with ships of Flotilla
including HMS SPANKER, which had
Rejoined from Algiers.
Carried out local minesweeping and
(Note: HM Minesweepers ARIES, ANTARES
and ARCTURUS, of this Class, built
joined Flotilla in Malta during this
for loan service with HMS WATERWITCH and
took passage to Naples
minesweeping duties with 12th
Minesweeping deployment off west coast
of Italy in support of military
ensuring clear passage for allied
warships and shipping.).
Relieved in detached service with 12th
Flotilla by HMS SPANKER and took
Passage to rejoin
Flotilla in Malta.
ROSARIO of Flotilla joined 12th Flotilla
Deployed for preliminary minesweeping
off Pantellaria prior to planned
Joined by ships of Flotilla to carry out
minesweeping operations in Straits
Northern Sardinia, based at Maddalena
Detached for loan service with 12th
Flotilla and took passage to join 12th
13th Minesweeping Flotillas for
clearance of mines off Civitavecchia
channel into port.
Returned from service off Italian west
coast and rejoined Flotilla.
Deployed with Flotilla to carry out
minesweep in advance of ships on
carry out landings on island of Elba (Operation BRASSARD).
mines were swept). This clearance
enabled bombardment of
positions to be carried out by HM River
On release from BRASSARD took passage
with Flotilla to resume
minesweeping operations off west coast
Deployed with Flotilla in joint
minesweeping operations off
to clear a
channel north of Cape Corso (Operation LOBSTER)
of 12th and 13th Minesweeping Flotilla
also took part.)
On completion of LOBSTER continued west
coast deployment for
a passage towards Leghorn.
Returned to Naples with ships of
Flotilla to prepare for planned allied
(Operation DRAGOON formerly ANVIL)
Navy ships were under overall command of
This ship was allocated to DELTA Attack
Deployed with HM Minesweepers RINALDO
(SO) ROSARIO, ANTARES
ARCTURUS, SPANKER and five US Navy
Patrol Craft as escort for
convoy SF2A (DELTA) during passage to
comprised three Landing Ships
Called at Ajaccio with SF2A
Sailed with convoy from Ajaccio
as escort to St Tropez for landings.
Detached from escort with ships of
Flotilla to carry out minesweep in
advance of assault convoy. No mines were
On completion of swept channel work
cleared area to be used for naval
(Note: Ships assigned to DELTA area for
gunfire support included:
US battleships USS TEXAS and USS NEVADA,
French Cruisers GEORGES LEYGUES and
(For details of Operation DRAGOON
See INVASION OF THE SOUTH
OF FRANCE (HMSO), ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by C
Barnett and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J
Involved in collision with a Tank
Landing craft and sustained structural
(Note: The Naval Staff History records
that this was due to congestion
shipping in the area which was within a
heavy smoke screen
released by ships to cover the
Withdrawn from service and took passage
to Naples for repair
to operational area and joined ships of
Task Group 80,1 carrying
programme of mine clearance to enable
ports of Toulon and Marseilles
to be used.
Both German and French mines had been
laid in these areas.)
Task Unit minesweeping operations
deployment in continuation.
Flotilla released from service with US
Navy and took passage to Malta.
Resumed service under RN administration
after R&R Period
(Note: Some ships of Flotilla were then
deployed at Taranto for
and convoy escort)
Took passage to Taranto with Flotilla
Deployed with Flotilla for minesweeping
Took passage with HMS BRAVE and HMS
SPANKER to Ancona for
clearance of passage between
Ancona and Sibinek, Yugoslavia for
by ships deployed in support of military
Deployed with HM Minesweepers ARCTURUS,
ANTARES, RINALDO and
SPANKER ahead of HM Cruiser DELHI during
passage through islands
into Split for support of shore
(Note: Area around Split had been
retaken by Partisan forces on 10th.)
Deployed for night patrol to
intercept E-Boats and continued mine
clearance of cross Adriatic passage
(Note: During latter apart of month new
type of mine (OBOE) was
encountered for first time. This type
exploded when surfacing
after being cut from mooring cable and
were intended to
any following minesweeper.)
Ships of the Flotilla were also used to
carry out interception patrols
after darkness to provide defence
against E-Boat attacks.
Cross-Adriatic channel clearance in
Clearance of cross-Adriatic channel
(Note: This task had taken nine weeks
during which 214 mines were swept.
Returned to Ancona
before taking passage to Malta
Deployed for local minesweeping.
Despatched for investigation of possible
(Note: This deployment was suspect and
no mines were swept.)
See FLEET MINESWEEPERS AT WAR by J
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Deployment at Malta in continuation.
Took passage with Flotilla for
minesweeping southern Adriatic.
(Operation ANTAGONIZE III)
(Note: During this operation HMS ANTARES
was badly damaged by a
mine and never rejoined the Flotilla.)
Southern Adriatic deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
for further mine clearance between
Ancona and Gruz
Adriatic deployment in continuation.
On completion transferred to Taranto.
HM Fleet Minesweeper FANCY joined
Flotilla to replace HMS ANTARES.
Nominated for minesweeping operations to
clear entrances to Genoa
and Trieste in Northern Adriatic.
Joined by ships of 5th Minesweeping
Joint minesweeping operations with 5th
Flotilla in continuation.
Deployed with Flotilla to provide clear
passage for traffic to Trieste.
During this period in the northern end
of the Adriatic ships were
released for maintenance and R&R at
Channels to Trieste and Genoa completed.
77 mines were swept.
Transferred to Trieste with ships of
with HM Minesweepers BRAVE, WATERWITCH
and FANCY for
the widening of existing swept channels
in northern Adriatic.
Sailed from Trieste with HM Fleet
Minesweepers RINALDO, WATERWITCH,
FANCY and ARIES to carry out further
local widening operations.
(Note: During this series of operations
HMS ARIES was seriously damaged by
mine which exploded when sweep wire
parted. Four of ships company
lost their lives.)
On completion returned to Malta for mine
sweeping in central Mediterranean.
Central Mediterranean mine clearance in
continuation with ships of Flotilla.
(Note: During war service the Flotilla
accounted for 1,908 mines.)
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BRAVE remained in the Mediterranean for
mine clearance off Malta, and in the
Aegean until returning to UK in May 1946.
The ship was Paid-off after arrival and
was placed in Reserve after de-storing.
In 1951 she was selected for RNVR
training duties at Newcastle where she
served as HMS SATELLITE until placed on
the Disposal List. Sold to BISCO in 1957
for demolition by Clayton and Davies she
arrived at the breakers yard in Dunston
on 25th November that year.
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