Allied Warships

HMS Zambesi (R 66)

Destroyer of the Z class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 66 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Feb 1942 
Laid down21 Dec 1942 
Launched21 Nov 1943 
Commissioned18 Jul 1944 
End service 

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales 12 February 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Zambesi (R 66)

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1Lt.Cdr. Walter Scott, DSC, RN27 Mar 194410 Mar 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN10 Mar 1945late 1946

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Notable events involving Zambesi include:

16 Apr 1945
HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN). (1)

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. (2)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducts exercises with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/19572
  2. ADM 199/1815
  3. ADM 173/20040

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

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