Allied Warships

HMS Sobkra (FY 331)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 331 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched21 Sep 1937 
CommissionedFeb 1942 
End service 
History

Completed in November 1937.
Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Middlesborough, U.K.), taken over by the Admiralty in October 1941.
Displacement: 433 tons.

Returned to owner in September 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Sobkra (FY 331)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Thomas Toft, SANF(V)25 Feb 1942May 1944
2Lt. Colin Kenneth Mackenzie, RANVRMay 1944Feb 1945
3T/Lt.Cdr. Nicholas Heathcote Lee, KRNVRFeb 1945mid/late45

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Notable events involving Sobkra include:


2 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (1)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (1)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (1)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HDML 1106 (Lt. F.H. Barnes, KNRNVR).

Also a practice attack was carried out on the Dumont d'Urville. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/20272

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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