Allied Warships

HMS Opossum (U 33)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 33 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered12 Aug 1941 
Laid down28 Jul 1943 
Launched30 Nov 1944 
Commissioned16 Jun 1945 
End service 

This ship was fitted with Brown/Denny stabilizers to provide a better gunnery platform. Twin Oerlikon guns were removed and replaced with two 40mm Bofors Army type guns with pipe protection to the superstructure. Also a number of depth charge racks were removed. She was fitted with type 271 aircraft search radar, type 293 surface radar and type 285 gunnery radar. The armament was adjusted for Kamikaze type raids.

Scrapped 26 April 1960.  

Commands listed for HMS Opossum (U 33)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Francis Hollins, RNApr 194531 Oct 1946

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