HMS Protector (T 98)
Netlayer of the Protector class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1935|
|Laid down||15 Aug 1935|
|Launched||20 Aug 1936|
|Commissioned||31 Dec 1936|
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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|1||Capt. the Hon. Guy Herbrand Edward Russell, RN||1 Aug 1939||22 Feb 1940|
|2||Capt. William York La Roche Beverley, RN||22 Feb 1940||13 Aug 1940|
|3||Cdr. Robert James Gardner, RN||13 Aug 1940||late 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Edward Arthur Codrington Ball, RN||late 1941||late 1943|
|5||A/Capt. Cyril Ivan Horton, RN||1 Oct 1944||26 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.