Allied Warships

HMS Brazen (H 80)

Destroyer of the B class

HMS Brazen sinking

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 80 
Built byPalmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd (Jarrow-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered22 Mar 1929 
Laid down22 Jul 1929 
Launched25 Jul 1930 
Commissioned8 Apr 1931 
Lost20 Jul 1940 
Loss position51° 01'N, 1° 17'E

HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, RN) was sunk off Dover by German aircraft on 20 July 1940.
The wreck lies in 30 meters of water in position 51º01'05"N, 01º17'15"E.


Commands listed for HMS Brazen (H 80)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RNApr 19391 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Roger Caton Beckett, RN1 Nov 193912 Feb 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, RN12 Feb 194020 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Brazen include:

22 Sep 1939
HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Dover where she arrived later the same day. She is escorted by HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN). Later HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) took over from HMS Skate as escort. (1)

15 Apr 1940
German U-boat U-49 was sunk near Narvik, Norway in position 68°53'N, 16°59'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN).

22 Jul 1940
Loss of the ship reported. She was sunk while returning under tow, to port, after being attacked by enemy aircraft. Three planes were reported shot down. All the ship's crew were saved. (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 173/16184
  2. Personal communication

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

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