Allied Warships

HMS Echo (H 23)

Destroyer of the E class

HMS Echo before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 23 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Nov 1932 
Laid down20 Mar 1933 
Launched16 Feb 1934 
Commissioned25 Oct 1934 
End service 

Transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy as RHS Navarinon on 5 April 1944. Returned to the Royal Navy in April 1956 and scrapped at Dunston on 26 April 1956.

Career notesTo Royal Hellenic Navy as RHS Navarinon

Commands listed for HMS Echo (H 23)

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1Cdr. Stanley Herbert King Spurgeon, RAN3 Apr 193911 Feb 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Cecil Hugo de Boisville Newby, RN11 Feb 194117 Feb 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Norman Lanyon, RN17 Feb 194211 Feb 1943
4Lt. Richard Herbert Calcraft Wyld, RN11 Feb 1943early 1944

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Notable events involving Echo include:

19 Nov 1939
The British merchant Pensilva that was torpedoed and sunk northwest of Cape Ortegal in position 46°51'N, 11°36'W by German U-boat U-49. HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, RAN) later picks up the survivors.

21 May 1941
The British battlecruiser Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral L.E. Holland, CB, RN) and the battleship Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) were ordered to proceed to Hvalfjord, Iceland as the German battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen were spotted by air reconnaissance at Bergen, Norway. As there were indications that these two were going to 'set sail' for a raid on the ocean trade routes.

The two British capital ships were escorted by the destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN), HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSO, RN), HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN).

13 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Nereide was sunk off Augusta, Sicily by the British destroyers HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. R.H.C. Wyld, RN) and HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN).

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