Allied Warships

HMS Opportune (G 80)

Destroyer of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 80 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Sep 1939 
Laid down28 Mar 1940 
Launched21 Feb 1942 
Commissioned14 Aug 1942 
End service 

Scrapped at Milford Haven on 25 November 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Opportune (G 80)

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1Cdr. Manley Lawrence Power, OBE, RN9 Jun 194226 Sep 1942
2Cdr. John Lee-Barber, DSO, RN26 Sep 194214 Aug 1944
3Cdr. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, VC, RN14 Aug 19444 Sep 1945
4Cdr. Colin William McMullen, RN4 Sep 1945Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Opportune include:

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).

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British destroyers & frigates

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