HMS Urchin (ii) (R 99)
Destroyer of the U class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Ordered||12 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||28 Mar 1942|
|Launched||8 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||24 Sep 1943|
Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1952-1954.
Scrapped at Troon in August 1967.
Commands listed for HMS Urchin (ii) (R 99)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Travis Beaufoy Birch, DSO, DSC, RN||9 Aug 1943||28 Jun 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Archibald Ferguson Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR||28 Jun 1944||19 Sep 1945|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Denis Roy Newton Murdoch, RN||19 Sep 1945||mid 1946|
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Notable events involving Urchin (ii) include:
Upon completion of the exercises Storm departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with the British submarine HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) and the Dutch submarine HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN). They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (1)
15 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Grenville (Capt. H.P. Henderson, RN), HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Undine (Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN). (3)
16 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Nubian (Lt.Cdr. T.A. Pack-Beresford, RN) and HMS Grenville (Capt. H.P. Henderson, RN). (3)
11 Dec 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Ulster (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (4)
25 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Undine (Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Ulysses, HMS Urania (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Grenville (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO, RN), HMCS Undaunted (Lt.Cdr. C.E.R. Sharp, RN) and HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR). (5)
- ADM 173/18123
- ADM 173/18397
- ADM 173/19434
- ADM 173/18745
- ADM 173/20353
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.