Allied Warships

HMS Zealous (R 39)

Destroyer of the Z class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 39 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Feb 1942 
Laid down5 May 1943 
Launched28 Feb 1944 
Commissioned9 Oct 1944 
End service 

Purchased by Israel 1955. Renamed K-40 INS Eilat. Sunk on 21 October 1967 while on patrol after being hit by Egyptian missile boats that were hiding inside the port of Port Said. 47 men lost.  

Commands listed for HMS Zealous (R 39)

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1Cdr. Richard Frederick Jessel, DSO, DSC, RN20 Jul 194426 Jul 1946

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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