Allied Warships

HMS Protector (T 98)

Netlayer of the Protector class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantT 98 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)  
Ordered21 Mar 1935 
Laid down15 Aug 1935 
Launched20 Aug 1936 
Commissioned31 Dec 1936 
End service 

Became a polar patrol vessel in 1955
Sold for scrap on 10 July 1970
Arrived at T.W. Ward, Inverkeithing for scrapping on 16 March 1970. 

Commands listed for HMS Protector (T 98)

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1Capt. the Hon. Guy Herbrand Edward Russell, RN1 Aug 193922 Feb 1940
2Capt. William York La Roche Beverley, RN22 Feb 194013 Aug 1940
3Cdr. Robert James Gardner, RN13 Aug 1940late 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Arthur Codrington Ball, RNlate 1941late 1943

5A/Capt. Cyril Ivan Horton, RN1 Oct 194426 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Protector include:

13 May 1940
French troops were landed at Bjervik, Norway today. This is just to the north of Narvik. The town was captured successfully.

Naval ships involved in landing the troops and to provide cover were; battleship HMS Resolution (Capt. O. Bevir, RN), light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN), HMS Effingham (Capt. J.M. Howson, RN) which both landed French troops, repair ship HMS Vindictive (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN), netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN) and HMS Wren (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN).

Air cover for this operation was provided, from a distance, by aircraft from HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN).

Later this day these ships also bombarded Narvik with the assistance of aircraft from the Ark Royal.

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