HMS Zambesi (R 66)
Destroyer of the Z class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||12 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||21 Dec 1942|
|Launched||21 Nov 1943|
|Commissioned||18 Jul 1944|
Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales 12 February 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Zambesi (R 66)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Walter Scott, DSC, RN||27 Mar 1944||10 Mar 1945|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN||10 Mar 1945||late 1946|
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Notable events involving Zambesi include:
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)
- ADM 173/19572
- ADM 199/1815
- ADM 173/20040
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.