HMS Castleton (I 23)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1918|
|Launched||10 Apr 1919|
|Commissioned||9 Sep 1940|
|End service||13 Mar 1945|
During World War II HMS Castleton saw active duty in the North Atlantic as a convoy escort. In November 1940 she picked up all the survivors of two torpedoed steamships, Daydawn and Victoria. She was damaged by an explosion 19 November 1941 and was out of action, under. going repairs, until 20 April 1942. On 20 August 1942 she and HMS Newark captured 51 survivors of the German submarine U-464 who had taken refuge in an Icelandic trawler. HMS Castleton was reduced to reserve at Grangemouth, Scotland, 13 March 1945 until sold for scrap on 4 Mar, 1947 at Bo'ness.
|Former name||USS Aaron Ward (DD 132)|
Commands listed for HMS Castleton (I 23)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Frank Harold Elcho Skyrme, RN||9 Sep 1940||25 Sep 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Cuthbert Richard Purse, DSC, RN||25 Sep 1941||31 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Bristowe, DSO, RN||31 Jan 1942||late 1942|
|4||Cdr. (retired) Charles William Vane Tempest Stewart Lepper, RN||3 Mar 1943||1 Jan 1944|
|5||Lt. Shirley Elliston Jagger, RN||1 Jan 1944||early 1945|
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