Fleet Minesweeper fitted with
Reciprocating propulsion machinery
ordered for the
Royal Canadian Navy on 25th July 1942
at Toronto. The
ship was to
be named HMCS BOWMANVILLE but was
transferred to the Royal Navy before
completion of build. Laid down on
August 1943 this minesweeper was launched as HMS COQUETTE on 24th November
was the seventh RN ship to carry this
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
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Contractors trials and
commissioned for service in 8th
completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials and storing
took passage to UK to work-up for
Commenced minesweeping work-up in Forth
based at Port Edgar.
(Note: 8th Minesweeping
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
which was built on the Clyde at Renfrew.
By this period several
ships had not completed work-up.
On completion took passage to Gibraltar
with HMS ROWENA for duty
with HMS REGULUS and HMS
PROVIDENCE which were deployed
in western Mediterranean
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
ships of the Flotilla to be deployed as
although HMS SEABEAR had been delayed by
Nominated for minesweeping duties with
Flotilla at Taranto.
from Malta with ships
operations and had significant
(Note: This area had been
heavily mined to protect Italian naval
was essential for access
of allied mercantiles and warships.
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On release from duty at Taranto took
passage to Malta for maintenance and
repair with HMS MOON, HMS
PROVIDENCE and HMS SEABEAR.
Assumed duty as Senior Officer’s ship
for Flotilla after the sinking of
REGULUS during minesweeping
operations off Corfu and took passage
Malta to join ships of
Deployed at Corfu with Flotilla to
continue mine clearance allowing
On completion of operations off Corfu
transferred for temporary duty
12th Minesweeping Flotilla
Passage to Bari with HMS
Deployed at Bari for minesweeping
operations in Adriatic.
Rejoined 8th Flotilla at Taranto for
Flotilla minesweeping operations
On completion took passage
to Malta with Flotilla.
Deployed with Flotilla based at
Malta for local minesweeping operations.
Nominated for minesweeping
off west Coast of Italy with 8th
Took passage with Flotilla from Malta.
Arrived at Leghorn after call at Naples.
(Note: 8th Flotilla were
relieving 12th Flotilla to continue mine
entry to Port
Leghorn based operations in
Took passage from Leghorn to Malta on
relief by 12th Minesweeping
and Leave period in Malta.
Returned to Leghorn with
Deployed at Leghorn for
continuance of minesweeping
26th Took passage to Malta
on completion of
Deployed with Flotilla based in
Malta for local mine clearance.
Nominated for service in Far East
with Flotilla for mine clearance based
25th Took passage to Hong
Kong with Flotilla.
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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 –up 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
when put on the Disposal List. Sold to
Metal Industries that year the ship
arrived at the Breaker’s Yard at Rosyth
in tow on 26th May 1958 for demolition.
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