Allied Warships

HMS Hambledon (L 37)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 37 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down9 Jun 1939 
Launched12 Dec 1939 
Commissioned8 Jun 1940 
End service 
History

Hulked in 1955.
Scrapped at Tyne in September 1957.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hambledon (L 37)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Stephen Hope Carlill, RN1 Apr 1940late 1940

2Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN18 Apr 19419 May 1941
3Lt.Cdr. John Richard Barnes, RN9 May 194121 Oct 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Gordon Wylie McKendrick, RN21 Oct 194227 Dec 1943
5Lt. Louis George Toone, RN27 Dec 194310 Apr 1945
6Lt. Chistopher Godfrey de Lisle Bush, RN10 Apr 1945late 1945

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Noteable events involving Hambledon include:


7 Oct 1940
HMS Hambledon (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) hit an acoustic mine in the English Channel off South Foreland in position 51°08'N, 01°21'E during operation Lucid, a planned raid with numerous incendiary vessels, gunboats, MTBs, minesweepers and other escort destroyers on the German invasion fleets assembled in the French channel ports. She was severely damaged. Repairs were completed in mid-May 1941.

30 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-223 was sunk in the Mediterranean north of Palermo, in position 38°48'N, 14°10'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Laforey (Capt. H.T. Armstrong, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Hambledon (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN) and HMS Blencathra (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Warren, RN).


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