HMS Calpe (L 71)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||12 Jun 1940|
|Launched||28 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||11 Dec 1941|
Sold to the Royal Danish Navy on 28 February 1952 and renamed Rolf Krake.
Commands listed for HMS Calpe (L 71)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Wallace, RN||21 Aug 1941||10 Oct 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN||10 Oct 1942||31 Jan 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Thomas Morgan, RNVR||31 Jan 1944||17 Apr 1944|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. Norman Frederick René Gill, RNR||17 Apr 1944||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Calpe include:
Photograph of crewmember Arthur Benham taken during basic training at HMS Pembroke shortly before being posted aboard HMS Calpe. Photograph with thanks to the Benham Family and Carrick Watson.
6 Nov 1942
'Force H' made up of HMS Nelson, HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN), HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN), HMS Farndale (Cdr. D.P. Trentham, RN), HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
While taking up her berth HMS Nelson fouled the merchant vessel Empire Gawain and the minesweepers HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR). HMS Nelson sustained some minor damage. (1)
14 Apr 1943
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. J.W.A. Waller, RN), destroyer HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN). and HMS Haydon (Lt. R.C. Watkin, RN) departed Gibraltar to patrol east of the Strait of Gibraltar. They returned to Gibraltar the following day together with ships from 'Force H' which returned to Gibraltar from the eastwards. (4)
13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 after a 32 hour-chase in the western Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°38'N, 05°58'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).
- ADM 199/662
- ADM 173/18142
- ADM 173/18143
- ADM 53/117879 + ADM 199/767
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.