Allied Warships

HMS Valena (FY 028)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 028 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland)  
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched5 Mar 1908 
Commissioned1 Nov 1939 
End service 
History

Displacement: 913 tons.
Purchased by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Served in A/S role.

Returned in 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Valena (FY 028)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Walter Henry Poole, RNR29 Aug 193928 Oct 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Alfred Francis Colenso Gray, RNR28 Oct 19404 Mar 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Ernest Gleave, RNR4 Mar 1942mid 1943
4A McKinlay, RNRmid 194315 Sep 1944
5H Trefusis, RNVR15 Sep 19445 Jan 1945
6K J Gordon, RNVR5 Jan 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Valena include:


27 Feb 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and HMS Wistaria (Skr. H.C. Aisthorpe, RNR). (1)

6 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (2)

8 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (2)

2 Apr 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR). (3)

19 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with the British A/S yacht HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and A/S trawler HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (4)

19 Jan 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR). (5)

9 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (6)

22 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR). (6)

1 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR) and HMS Valena (T/Lt. H. Trefusis, RNVR). (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16283
  2. ADM 173/16285
  3. ADM 173/16286
  4. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/17754
  6. ADM 173/17930
  7. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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