Allied Warships

HMS Oribi (G 66)

Destroyer of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 66 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered3 Sep 1939 
Laid down15 Jan 1940 
Launched14 Jan 1941 
Commissioned5 Jul 1941 
End service 

Transferred to Turkey in 1946 being renamed Gayret.

Former nameHMS Observer

Commands listed for HMS Oribi (G 66)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Edwin Home McBeath, DSO, RN1 May 194123 Feb 1943
2Lt.Cdr. John Charles Anthony Ingram, RN23 Feb 194319 Sep 1944
3Lt. Disney Mainwaring Vaughan-Hughes, RN19 Sep 194424 Apr 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Robert Sydney Hopper, DSC, RN24 Apr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Oribi include:

6 May 1943
German U-boat U-125 was sunk east of Newfoundland, in position 52°30'N, 45°20'W, by ramming by the British destroyer HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) and gunfire from the British corvette HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR).

3 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-1191 was sunk in the English Channel, south-west of Brighton, in position 50°09'N, 00°15'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Onslaught (Cdr. the Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, DSC, RN), the British escort destroyers HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN), HMS Wensleydale (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Goodfellow, RNVR) and HMS Talybont (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Baines, DSO, RN) and the British frigate HMS Seymour (Lt. G.J. Parry, RNR).

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