HMS Hambledon (L 37)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1939|
|Laid down||9 Jun 1939|
|Launched||12 Dec 1939|
|Commissioned||8 Jun 1940|
Hulked in 1955.
Commands listed for HMS Hambledon (L 37)
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|1||Cdr. Stephen Hope Carlill, RN||1 Apr 1940||late 1940|
|2||Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN||18 Apr 1941||9 May 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Richard Barnes, RN||9 May 1941||21 Oct 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Gordon Wylie McKendrick, RN||21 Oct 1942||27 Dec 1943|
|5||Lt. Louis George Toone, RN||27 Dec 1943||10 Apr 1945|
|6||Lt. Chistopher Godfrey de Lisle Bush, RN||10 Apr 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Hambledon include:
7 Oct 1940
HMS Hambledon (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) set off 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).