HMS Opportune (G 80)
Destroyer of the O class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||3 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||28 Mar 1940|
|Launched||21 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||14 Aug 1942|
Scrapped at Milford Haven on 25 November 1955.
Commands listed for HMS Opportune (G 80)
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|1||Cdr. Manley Lawrence Power, OBE, RN||9 Jun 1942||26 Sep 1942|
|2||Cdr. John Lee-Barber, DSO, RN||26 Sep 1942||14 Aug 1944|
|3||Cdr. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, VC, RN||14 Aug 1944||4 Sep 1945|
|4||Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN||4 Sep 1945||Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Opportune include:
2 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These exercises included a practice attack on the battleship HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) and her screen of six destroyers; HMS Onslow (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. M.L. Power, OBE, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (2)
30 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN). (3)
12 May 1943
German U-boat U-456 was almost certainly sunk in an diving accident on 12 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 46°39'N, 26°54'W, while facing the British destroyer HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) after being badly damaged by a Fido homing torpedo from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86/B).
24 Jun 1943
During the morning, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), carries out A/S exercises with HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN).
3 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN). (5)
23 Mar 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMS Wakeful (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Pound, DSC, RN), HMS Milne (Capt. I.M.R. Campbell, DSO, RN) and HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN). (6)
15 Jan 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Opportune (Cdr. R.E.D. Ryder, VC, RN), HMS Cavendish (Cdr. R.H. Maurice, DSO, RN) and HMS Cavalier (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, RN). (7)
- ADM 173/17240
- ADM 173/17241
- ADM 173/17792
- ADM 173/18284
- ADM 173/18214
- ADM 173/19314
- 2.12.03.7152 (Dutch Archives, The Hague)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.