HMS Opportune (G 80)
Destroyer of the O class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||3 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||28 Mar 1940|
|Launched||21 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||14 Aug 1942|
Scrapped at Milford Haven on 25 November 1955.
Commands listed for HMS Opportune (G 80)
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|1||Cdr. Manley Lawrence Power, OBE, RN||9 Jun 1942||26 Sep 1942|
|2||Cdr. John Lee-Barber, DSO, RN||26 Sep 1942||14 Aug 1944|
|3||Cdr. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, VC, RN||14 Aug 1944||4 Sep 1945|
|4||Cdr. Colin William McMullen, RN||4 Sep 1945||Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Opportune include:
12 May 1943
German U-boat U-456 was almost certainly sunk in an diving accident on 12 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 46°39'N, 26°54'W, while facing the British destroyer HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) after being badly damaged by a Fido homing torpedo from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86/B).