Allied Warships

HMS Ardent (H 41)

Destroyer of the A class

HMS Ardent before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 41 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered6 Mar 1928 
Laid down30 Jul 1928 
Launched26 Jun 1929 
Commissioned14 Apr 1930 
Lost8 Jun 1940 

HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN) was sunk on 8 June 1940 while defending the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious from the German battlecruiser Gneisernau and Scharnhorst.

Two men were rescued by a German seaplane 5 days after the ship was sunk. One subsequently died in hospital leaving just one survivor, Able Seaman Roger Hooke (stationed at X-gun) who was repatriated in 1943 due to ill health.  

Commands listed for HMS Ardent (H 41)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN14 Oct 19388 Jun 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Ardent include:

21 Sep 1939
HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN) escorted Convoy OA-7. Ardent took wounded from the British tanker Teakwood aboard after it was torpedoed by German U-boat U-35. Ardent accompanied damaged Teakwood back to Falmouth. (1)

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