Allied Warships

HMS Sharpshooter (J 68)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 68 
ModSecond group 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Mar 1936 
Laid down8 Jun 1936 
Launched10 Dec 1936 
Commissioned17 Dec 1937 
End service 

Scrapped in 1960.


Commands listed for HMS Sharpshooter (J 68)

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1Cdr. Jack Peterson, RN10 Apr 1939Dec 1939
2Lt. Andrew Edward Doran, RNDec 193915 Oct 1940
3Lt.Cdr. David Lampen, RN15 Oct 194020 May 1942
4Lt. William Leslie O'Mara, RN20 May 1942Nov 1944
5Lt. David Allan Robert Malcolm Ramsay, DSC, RNNov 1944Jun 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Robert Bill, DSO, RNJun 194531 Jul 1945
7Lt.Cdr. Ernest Edward Croome, RN31 Jul 194510 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Sharpshooter include:

8 Feb 1940
HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Rosyth. She is escorted by HMS Sharpshooter (Cdr. J. Peterson, RN) and HMS Seagull (Cdr. D.H. Harries, RAN). (1)

17 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN), HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN), HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. D. Lampen, RN) and HMS Wheatland (Lt. R.deL. Brooke, RN). (2)

24 Mar 1942
German U-boat U-655 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73°00'N, 21°00'E, by ramming from the British minesweeper HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. D. Lampen, RN).

2 Sep 1942
HMS P 615 (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) departed Loch Ewe for Seidisfjord, Iceland. She was escorted by HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. W.L. O'Mara, RN). (3)

7 Oct 1944
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She was escorted in by HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. W.L. O'Mara, DSC, RN). (4)


  1. ADM 173/16643
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17535
  4. ADM 199/1861

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

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