HMS Echo (H 23)
Destroyer of the E class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Nov 1932|
|Laid down||20 Mar 1933|
|Launched||16 Feb 1934|
|Commissioned||25 Oct 1934|
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 notes||To Royal Hellenic Navy as RHS Navarinon|
Commands listed for HMS Echo (H 23)
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|1||Cdr. Stanley Herbert King Spurgeon, RAN||3 Apr 1939||11 Feb 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Cecil Hugo de Boisville Newby, RN||11 Feb 1941||17 Feb 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Norman Lanyon, RN||17 Feb 1942||11 Feb 1943|
|4||Lt. Richard Herbert Calcraft Wyld, RN||11 Feb 1943||early 1944|
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Noteable 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).