Allied Warships

HMS Versatile (D 32)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 32 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down31 Jan 1917 
Launched31 Oct 1917 
Commissioned11 Feb 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at the Grangemouth Dry Dock Co. was finished in September 1943.

HMS Versatile is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list

Sold to be broken up for scrap in June 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Versatile (D 32)

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1Cdr. (retired) Thomas Andrew Hussey, RN15 Jun 1939Jun 1940
2Cdr. (retired) John Henry Jauncey, RNJun 194029 Apr 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Jack Barrington Palmer, RN29 Apr 1941Nov 1942
4Lt. Denis Guy Douglas Hall-Wright, RNNov 1942early 1943

5Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Stuart Corlett, DSC, RN1 Sep 1943Dec 1943
6Lt. Gilbert Charles Potter, DSC, RNDec 19433 Oct 1944
7Lt. Alfred Lee Harper, RN3 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Versatile include:

27 Jun 1940
About 150 nautical miles off Ushant, HMS Versatile (Cdr. J.H. Jauncey, RN (retired)) picks up 13 survivors from the British special service vessel HMS Cape Howe. The Q-ship, disguised as Prunella, has been torpedoed and sunk on 21 June 1940 by German U-boat U-28 in position 49°44'N, 08°52'W.

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