HMS Acasta (H 09)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||6 Mar 1928|
|Laid down||13 Aug 1928|
|Launched||8 Aug 1929|
|Commissioned||11 Feb 1930|
|Lost||8 Jun 1940|
HMS Acasta (Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd, RN) was sunk on 8 June 1940 while defending the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious from the German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. There was only 1 survivor.
Commands listed for HMS Acasta (H 09)
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|1||Cdr. Percy James Oliver, RN||Aug 1939||28 Nov 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd, RN||28 Nov 1939||8 Jun 1940 (+)|
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Notable events involving Acasta include:
4 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) departed Plymouth for an anti-submarine patrol. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Acasta (Cdr. P.J. Oliver, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN).
At sea they were joined by HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Woodhall, RN) which attacked a submarine contact around 1915 hours near Plymouth. The contact appears to have been bogus.
The force returned to Plymouth later the same day.