Large destroyer of the Guepard class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||At.&Ch de St. Nazaire (St. Nazaire, France)|
|Laid down||5 May 1927|
|Launched||19 May 1928|
|Commissioned||1 Jan 1930|
|End service||27 Nov 1942|
Scuttled at Toulon on 27 November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans.
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Notable events involving Valmy include:
15 Apr 1940
Valmy departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 1 B, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived Greenock on 16 April. (1)
23 Apr 1940
Valmy departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 3, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 25 April. (1)
8 May 1940
Valmy departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 5, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 10 May. (1)
9 Jun 1941
Shortly after 0300 hours, the light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) was attacked but missed by the Vicy-French submarine Caiman off the Syrian coast.
The destroyer HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), alone off Sidon, engaged the French destroyers and was badly damaged in doing so. The destroyers HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN), and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), which were nearby, then joined and managed to drive the French destroyers off.
HMS Kimberley then took the badly damaged HMS Janus in tow towards Haifa screened by HMS Kandahar.
HMS Hotspur, HMS Isis and HMS Jackal meanwhile were in pursue of the Vichy-French destroyer which managed to return to Beirut. HMS Jackal sustained some minor damage from a shell hit during the action.
The damaged HMS Janus safely arrived at Haifa on the 10th. (2)
- Personal communication
- ADM 53/114865 + ADM 199/415
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.