HMS Melbreak (L 73)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type III)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||28 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||23 Jun 1941|
|Launched||5 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||10 Oct 1942|
Scrapped at Grays on 22 November 1956.
Commands listed for HMS Melbreak (L 73)
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|1||Lt. Gerald Edward Christopher Talbot Baines, RN||28 Aug 1942||13 Jul 1943|
|2||Lt. Geoffrey John Kirkby, RN||13 Jul 1943||2 Feb 1945|
|3||Lt. Evelyn Francis Hamilton-Meikle, RN||3 Feb 1945||late 1945|
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Noteable events involving Melbreak include:
11 Jul 1943
The British escort destroyers HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.E.C.G. Baines, RN), HMS Wensleydale (Lt. W.P. Goodfellow, RNVR) and the Norwegian escort destroyer HNoMS Glaisdale (Lt. D.E. Kjeholt, RNN) intercept a German convoy off Quessant, France. In the resulting battle the German minesweeper M-153 (874 tons) is sunk by the Glaisdale but Melbreak in turn is heavily damaged by the German torpedo boats T-24 and T-25.