HMS Zealous (R 39)
Destroyer of the Z class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||12 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||5 May 1943|
|Launched||28 Feb 1944|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1944|
Purchased by Israel 1955. Renamed K-40 INS Eilat. Sunk on 21 October 1967 while on patrol after being hit by Egyptian missile boats that were hiding inside the port of Port Said. 47 men lost.
Commands listed for HMS Zealous (R 39)
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|1||Cdr. Richard Frederick Jessel, DSO, DSC, RN||20 Jul 1944||26 Jul 1946|
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Notable events involving Zealous include:
16 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. The Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with ships from the local defence. (1)
17 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). (1)
- ADM 173/18917
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