Allied Warships

HMS Cavalier (R 73)

Destroyer of the Ca class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassCa 
PennantR 73 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered24 Mar 1942 
Laid down28 Mar 1943 
Launched7 Apr 1944 
Commissioned22 Nov 1944 
End service 
History

HMS Cavalier joined the 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet, and quickly saw action. In February 1945 she took part in three operations off Norway, “Selenium”, a strike against enemy shipping, “Shred” to provide fighter cover for a minesweeping flotilla and “Groundsheet”, an aircraft mine laying strike. Cavalier was one of three destroyers sent from Scapa to reinforce the escort of Arctic Convoy RA64, which had left the Kola Inlet on 17th February. After being attacked by U-boats and enemy aircraft on 23rd February the convoy was scattered in a hurricane combining force 12 winds with icing. Cavalier went to round-up the convoy with the other escorts, and on 1st March thirty-one of the thirty-four merchant ships arrived safely in the Clyde. This mission earned HMS Cavalier a well deserved “Battle Honour”.

Preserved at Chatham Dockyard.  

Former nameHMS Pellew (R 04)

Commands listed for HMS Cavalier (R 73)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Donald Terry McBarnet, RN14 Jul 194421 Jun 1946

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Noteable events involving Cavalier include:


This vessel is now under restoration in Chatham Dockyard, Kent UK. For details see this link. (1)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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