Allied Warships

HMS Gorgon (J 346)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 346 
Built bySavannah Machinery and Foundry Co. (Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered2 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Aug 1942 
Launched24 Jan 1943 
Commissioned28 Aug 1943 
End serviceDec 1946 

Returned to the United States Navy in December 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Gorgon (J 346)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Mugford, RNR7 Sep 194317 Aug 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Denys Philip Richardson, RNVR17 Aug 194431 Oct 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Gerald Graham Dunham Head, RNVR31 Oct 1944Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Gorgon include:

30 Mar 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Lerwick. She is escorted by HMS Gorgon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Mugford, RNR). (1)

1 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) shifts from Lerwick to Scapa Flow. She is escorted by HMS Gorgon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Mugford, RNR). (2)

27 Apr 1944
In the morning, the battleship HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN), conducted maneuvering exercises in the Clyde area with the minesweepers HMS Grecian (A/Cdr.(Emgy.) C.D.A. Irvine, RN), HMS Gorgon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Mugford, RNR) and HMS Gazelle (Lt. J.D. Sutcliffe, RN).

In the afternoon 4.7 AA gunnery exercises were carried out by HMS Rodney. (3)

2 Jun 1944
Around 1930B/2, ' Bombardment Force D ', made up of the battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN), HMS Ramillies (Capt. G.B. Middleton, CBE, RN), heavy cruiser HMS Frobisher (Capt. J.F.W. Mudford, RN), light cruisers HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.W. Davis, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. H. Dalrymple-Smith, RN), HMS Danae (Capt. J.R.S. Haines, RN), ORP Dragon (Kmdr.por. (Cdr.) S.T. Dzienisiewicz), destroyers HMS Saumarez (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN), HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN), HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill), HNoMS Svenner (Lt.Cdr. T. Holte), frigates HMS Holmes (Lt. D.B.G. Dumas, RN), HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and minesweepers HMS Catherine (A/Cdr. L.C. Windsor, RN), HMS Cato (Lt. R.W.E. Harris, RN), HMS Combatant (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.L. Barwell, RN), HMS Gazelle (Lt. J.D. Sutcliffe, RN), HMS Gorgon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Mugford, RNR), HMS Grecian (A/Cdr.(Emgy.) C.D.A. Irvine, RN), HMS Pique (T/Lt. W.J.C. Fuller, RNR) and HMS Steadfast (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Mowbray, RNR) departed the Clyde for operation Neptune, the landings in Normandy, France.


  1. ADM 173/19123
  2. ADM 173/19124
  3. ADM 53/120409

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

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