HMS Vestal (J 215)
Minesweeper of the Algerine class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||15 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||11 Jan 1943|
|Launched||19 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||10 Sep 1943|
|Lost||26 Jul 1945|
|Loss position||7° 05'N, 97° 50'E|
HMS Vestal (Lt.Cdr. Charles William Porter, DSC, RN) was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft about 55 nautical miles south-west of Phuket, Siam (Thailand) in position 07º05'N, 97º50'E.
Commands listed for HMS Vestal (J 215)
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|1||Lt. Charles William Porter, DSC, RN||26 Jul 1943||26 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Vestal include:
23 Jan 1945
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Katrine (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR), HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN) and HMS Courier (A/Cdr. H.J.A.S. Jerome, DSO, RN). (1)
25 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR), HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (2)
- ADM 173/20187
- ADM 173/20149
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.