Allied Warships

HMS Hyacinth (K 84)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 84 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down20 Apr 1940 
Launched19 Aug 1940 
Commissioned3 Oct 1940 
End service24 Oct 1943 

Loaned to the Royal Hellenic Navy on 24 October 1943 and renamed Apostolis.
Returned to Royal Navy in 1952.

Career notesTo the Royal Hellenic Navy Apostolis

Commands listed for HMS Hyacinth (K 84)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Francis Babington Proudfoot, RN7 Sep 19404 Nov 1940
2T/Lt. Frank Clifford Hopkins, RNR4 Nov 1940mid 1942
3Lt. John Ivor Jones, DSC, RNRmid 19421 Oct 1942
4Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RN1 Oct 19425 Mar 1943
5Lt.Cdr. John Douglas Hayes, DSO, RN5 Mar 194324 Oct 1943

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Notable events involving Hyacinth include:

28 Sep 1941
The Italian submarine Fisalia was sunk north-west of Jaffa, Palestine (now Tel Aviv, Israel) in position 32°19'N, 34°17'E by the British corvette HMS Hyacinth (A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, RNR).

9 Jul 1942
On July 9th, 1942 the Italian submarine Perla (offsite link) was intercepted off the port of Beirut by the British corvette Hyacinth (Lt. J.I. Jones, DSC, RNR). Seriously damaged by depth charges, the boat was forced to the surface and fell into enemy hands. Towed to the Lebanese port, the Perla was repaired and renamed P.712. In 1943 it was transferred to the Greek Navy where it served until 1947.

12 Sep 1943
German U-boat U-617 was beached, in the Mediterranean Sea near Melilla, in position 35°13'N, 03°21'W, after being damaged by depth charges from two British Wellington aircraft (179 Sqn RAF). The wreck was subsequently attacked by British Hudson aircraft (48 and 233 Sqn RAF) and two British Swordfish aircraft (833 and 886 Sqn FAA) and finally destroyed by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Hyacinth (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and the Australian minesweeper HMAS Wollongong (Lt. T.H. Smith, RANR(S)).

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