Allied Warships

HMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassJan van Amstel 
PennantJ 60 
Built byGusto (Schiedam, The Netherlands)  
Ordered 
Laid down10 Oct 1936 
Launched27 Mar 1937 
Commissioned26 Mar 1943 
End service 
HistoryDecommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy on 26 March 1943 and transferred to the Royal Navy. Returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1946 and recommissioned under her old name. 

Commands listed for HMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

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1Lt. Philip Desmond O'Driscoll, RNR22 Mar 1943late 1945

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Notable events involving Jan van Gelder include:


23 May 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) shifted from the Clyde area to Port HHX to participate in trials off that port. During her passage there she was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (1)

25 May 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (2)

29 May 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included attack exercises with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (3)

31 May 1943
HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (4)

8 Jun 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) during which HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) served as the target. These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of all these exercises HMS Upstart proceeded to Holy Loch. (5)

29 Aug 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Campbeltown. Off Campbeltown she conducted exercises with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (6)

4 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (7)

9 Oct 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area which included a practice attack on HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (8)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included gunnery exercises on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (9)

14 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Taku proceeded to Campbeltown upon completion of these exercises. (9)

16 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (9)

18 Oct 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (10)

23 Oct 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (8)

1 Dec 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) departed Londonderry for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (11)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) shifted from Holy Loch to Campbeltown. En-route she exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (12)

4 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (13)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) and HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with each other. HMS Vampire also conducted attack exercises during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (13)

7 Feb 1944
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Also a deep dive trail was carried out. (14)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) and HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. Also gunnery exercises were carried out with a target that was towed by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (13)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (14)

13 Feb 1944
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) radar trials in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (14)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) radar trials in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these Vivid proceeded to Campbeltown. (14)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) and HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) serving as target. These exercises included night exercises. (15)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) and HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) serving as targets. These exercises included night exercises. (15)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Larne. En-route a practice attack on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) was carried out. (16)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these HMS Visigoth proceeded to Campbeltown. (17)

31 Mar 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) and HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area, during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (17)

29 Apr 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (18)

1 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (19)

24 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (20)

26 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and gunnery exercises on a target that was being towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (20)

30 May 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted radar exercises and later attack exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (21)

31 May 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) and later with HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.W. Davis, RN). These last exercises also included night execises. (22)

3 Jun 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN), HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) and HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with each other.

Following these HMS Upshot also conducted night attack exercises during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (23)

8 Jun 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (24)

11 Jun 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted night radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these HMS Upshot returned to Holy Loch. (23)

17 Jun 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (24)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (25)

30 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Following the exercises with these surface ships HMS Vitality conducted gunnery and night exercises. (26)

18 Oct 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS Virulent proceeded to Holy Loch. (27)

21 Oct 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. These included night exercises. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Virulent proceeded to Holy Loch the next morning. (27)

15 Nov 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Larne. En-route exercises were carried out with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (28)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Barrow. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (29)

28 Nov 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area with a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (30)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. These included night exercises. (31)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (31)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (32)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) shifted from Campbeltown to Oban. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (33)

1 Jan 1945
HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) conducted attack and radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (34)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (35)

27 Jan 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as target. (36)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (37)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (37)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (37)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (38)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. (39)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18283
  2. ADM 173/18391
  3. ADM 173/18225
  4. ADM 199/1910
  5. ADM 173/18373
  6. ADM 173/18395
  7. ADM 173/18396
  8. ADM 173/18429
  9. ADM 173/18179
  10. ADM 173/17821
  11. ADM 173/18431
  12. ADM 173/18443
  13. ADM 173/19335
  14. ADM 173/19425
  15. ADM 173/18995
  16. ADM 173/19379
  17. ADM 173/19413
  18. ADM 173/19433
  19. ADM 173/18522
  20. ADM 173/19434
  21. ADM 199/19295
  22. ADM 173/19295
  23. ADM 173/19296
  24. ADM 173/19435
  25. ADM 173/19026
  26. ADM 173/19421
  27. ADM 173/19410
  28. ADM 173/19411
  29. ADM 173/18917
  30. ADM 173/19289
  31. ADM 173/19412
  32. ADM 173/18918
  33. ADM 173/19424
  34. ADM 173/20344
  35. ADM 173/20260
  36. ADM 173/19851
  37. ADM 173/20063
  38. ADM 173/19949
  39. ADM 173/19950

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


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