Allied Warships

HMS Zest (R 02)

Destroyer of the Z class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 02 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Feb 1942 
Laid down21 Jul 1942 
Launched14 Oct 1943 
Commissioned20 Jul 1944 
End service 

Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1954-1956.

Scrapped at Dalmuir in August 1970.  

Commands listed for HMS Zest (R 02)

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1Lt.Cdr. Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks, DSO, RN6 Jun 194423 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Zest include:

18 Dec 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zest (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN). (1)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Zest (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN) picks up the sole survivor from the British corvette HMS Bluebell that was torpedoed and sunk that day by German U-boat U-711 off Kola Inlet in position 69°36'N, 35°29'E.

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/19132

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

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