HMS Wessex (ii) (R 78)
Destroyer of the W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Laid down||25 Oct 1942|
|Launched||2 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||11 May 1944|
Sold to South Africa on 29 March 1950 being renamed Jan Van Riebeeck.
Commands listed for HMS Wessex (ii) (R 78)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Richard Horncastle, RN||27 Mar 1944||Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Wessex (ii) include:
12 Oct 1944
During 12 and 13 October, HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. Paractice attacks were made on HMS Wager (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Watkin, RN) and HMS Wessex (Lt.Cdr. R. Horncastle, RN). (1)
25 Mar 1980
She was paid off into reserve in 1975. Expended as missile target on 25 March, 1980. (2)
- ADM 173/18731
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.