Allied Warships

HMS Swift (G 46)

Destroyer of the S class

HMS Swift breaking in two and sinking

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 46 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Jan 1941 
Laid down12 Jun 1942 
Launched15 Jun 1943 
Commissioned6 Dec 1943 
Lost24 Jun 1944 

HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. John Ronald Gower, RN) was mined and sunk in support of the D Day landings off Sword Beach. Sank around 0800am.  

Commands listed for HMS Swift (G 46)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Ronald Gower, RN11 Oct 194324 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Swift include:

18 Feb 1944
At 0400 hours, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN), HMS Musketeer and HMS Scourge were joined by HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN).

At dawn Beaufighters appeared and remained throughout the day.

HNoMS Narvik was sighted to the westward and joined the 'convoy'.

1600 hours - HMS Meteor and HMS Swift parted company.

See 19 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (1)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1874

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

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