Allied Warships

HMS Greenfly (FY 156)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 156 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jun 1936 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in July 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 441 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Cape Barleur in 1946.
Renamed Edward East in 1949.
Renamed Ashanti in 1957.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium in 1960.


Commands listed for HMS Greenfly (FY 156)

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1Cdr. (retired) Desmond Adair Stride, RN11 Sep 193911 Jul 1940
2Skr. William John Salisbury, RNR11 Jul 194023 Oct 1940
3T/Lt. Reginald Frederick Pembry, RNR23 Oct 194024 Apr 1942
4T/Lt. Rowland Frank Pretty, RNVR24 Apr 19422 Nov 1942
5T/Lt. Douglas Blair Orr, RNVR2 Nov 1942

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Notable events involving Greenfly include:

19 Oct 1939
HMS H 49 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Greenfly (Cdr.(Retd.) D.A. Stride, RN). (1)

11 Mar 1940
Convoy MT 28 (21 ships) departed Methil for the Tyne where it arrived the next day. It was escorted by trawlers from the 19th A/S Group (This group was made up of four A/S trawlers; HMS Greenfly (Cdr.(Retd.) D.A. Stride, RN), HMS Lord Lloyd (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR), HMS Lord Plender (Ch.Skr. J.M.T. Brebner, RNR) and HMS Stella Pegasi (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). This last trawler was in dockyard hand at Leith and therefore could not have been part of the escort). The destroyers destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) were also part of the escort. (2)

1 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Sheerness for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Greenfly (T/Lt. D.B. Orr, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/15746
  2. ADM 199/362
  3. ADM 173/19250

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

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