Allied Warships

HMS Hardy (i) (H 87)

Destroyer of the H class


HMS Hardy before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassH 
PennantH 87 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Sep 1934 
Laid down30 May 1935 
Launched7 Apr 1936 
Commissioned11 Dec 1936 
Lost10 Apr 1940 
Loss position68° 23'N, 17° 06'E
History

HMS Hardy (Capt. Bernard Armitage Warburton-Lee, RN) was the leader of 2nd Destroyer Flotilla during attack on ten German destroyers in Narvik. Completed successful attack in sinking two German destroyers plus several merchant ships. On withdrawing to seaward, the 2nd DF ran into further German destroyers and was hit on the bridge, out of control and with German fire concentrated on her she was driven ashore, capsized and sank in position 68º23'N, 17º06'E.  

Commands listed for HMS Hardy (i) (H 87)

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1Capt. Bernard Armitage Warburton-Lee, RN28 Jul 193910 Apr 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Hardy (i) include:


13 Jan 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown for Portsmouth. She was part of the ocean escort of convoy SL 16F together with Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Cheshire (Capt. (Retd.) M.R. Bernard, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN).

Besides the escort the convoy was made up of 12 British merchant ships; Adda (7816 GRT, built 1922), Anselm (5954 GRT, built 1935), Baronesa (8663 GRT, built 1918), City of Nagpur (10146 GRT, built 1922), Cordillera (6865 GRT, built 1920), Cumberland (10939 GRT, built 1919), Mahia (10014 GRT, built 1917), Mary Slessor (5027 GRT, built 1930), Orari (10350 GRT, built 1931), Port Sydney (9129 GRT, built 1914), Raranga (10043 GRT, built 1916) and Scientist (6198 GRT, built 1938).

The destroyers departed the convoy on the 20th and then proceeded to Gibraltar. On the 24th the destroyer HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, RN) and sloop HMS Rochester (Cdr. G.F. Renwick, RN) took over the escort from the HMS Cheshire and HMS Severn which then proceeded to Plymouth and Portsmouth respectively where they both arrived on the 26th. (1)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/2572

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


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