HMS Hyacinth (K 84)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||20 Apr 1940|
|Launched||19 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||3 Oct 1940|
|End service||24 Oct 1943|
Loaned to the Royal Hellenic Navy on 24 October 1943 and renamed Apostolis.
|Career notes||To the Royal Hellenic Navy Apostolis|
Commands listed for HMS Hyacinth (K 84)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Francis Babington Proudfoot, RN||7 Sep 1940||4 Nov 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Frank Clifford Hopkins, RNR||4 Nov 1940||mid 1942|
|3||Lt. John Ivor Jones, DSC, RNR||mid 1942||1 Oct 1942|
|4||Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RN||1 Oct 1942||5 Mar 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. John Douglas Hayes, DSO, RN||5 Mar 1943||24 Oct 1943|
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Notable events involving Hyacinth include:
28 Sep 1941
The Italian submarine Fisalia was sunk north-west of Jaffa, Palestine (now Tel Aviv, Israel) in position 32°19'N, 34°17'E by the British corvette HMS Hyacinth (A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, RNR).
9 Jul 1942
On July 9th, 1942 the Italian submarine Perla (offsite link) was intercepted off the port of Beirut by the British corvette Hyacinth (Lt. J.I. Jones, DSC, RNR). Seriously damaged by depth charges, the boat was forced to the surface and fell into enemy hands. Towed to the Lebanese port, the Perla was repaired and renamed P.712. In 1943 it was transferred to the Greek Navy where it served until 1947.
12 Sep 1943
German U-boat U-617 was beached, in the Mediterranean near Melilla, in position 35°38'N, 03°27'W, after being damaged in aerial attacks by British Hudons (Sqdn 48 and 233) and 2 Swordfish aircraft (FAA Sqdn 833 and 886). The Wreck was destroyed by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Hyacinth (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and the Australian minesweeper HMAS Wollongong (Lt. T.H. Smith, RANR(S)).