HMS Savage (G 20)
Destroyer of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||7 Dec 1941|
|Launched||24 Sep 1942|
|Commissioned||8 Jun 1943|
Scrapped at Newport 11 April 1962.
Commands listed for HMS Savage (G 20)
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|1||Cdr. Roderick Cosmo Gordon, DSO, RN||15 Mar 1943||11 Dec 1943|
|2||Cdr. Michael Donston Capel Meyrick, RN||11 Dec 1943||Jun 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Charles Wickham Malins, DSO, DSC, RN||Jun 1944||29 Aug 1945|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Eric George May, DSC, RN||29 Aug 1945|
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Notable events involving Savage include:
18 Jun 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN) and HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Hayling. (T/Lt. G.B. Christie, RNR) and HMS Bootle (Lt. A. Ecclestone, RN). (1)
During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with local small craft. (2)
24 Aug 1943
In the morning, HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN), conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) that was escorted by HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN).
During the afternoon attack exercises were carried out with HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN). (3)
26 Aug 1943
In the morning, HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN), conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN).
During the afternoon, HMS Tantivy, conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Danae (Capt. J.R.S. Haines, RN). (3)
23 Oct 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN), HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN) and USS Capps (Lt.Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN). (4)
25 Jan 1944
HMS Savage (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, DSO, RN) picks up 56 survivors from the American merchant Penelope Barker that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-278 about 115 nautical miles from the North Cape in position 73°22'N, 22°30'E.
10 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). (6)
18 Apr 1945
At 0341 hours, HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN), was illuminated by friendly destroyers that were operating in the area. HMS Varne was out of position and did not identify herself before crash diving. She was lucky not to be depth charged.
The friendly destroyers encountered were HMS Scorpion (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN). They were on operation 'Invective', an anti-shipping raid. (8)
24 Apr 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducts exercises with HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess). (9)
- ADM 173/18374
- ADM 173/18284
- ADM 173/18198
- ADM 173/18313
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19580
- ADM 173/19572
- ADM 199/1815
- ADM 173/20040
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.