Allied Warships

HMS Loyal (G 15)

Destroyer of the L class

Nice stern view of HMS Loyal

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 15 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Mar 1938 
Laid down23 Nov 1938 
Launched8 Oct 1941 
Commissioned31 Oct 1942 
End service12 Oct 1944 

Heavily damaged by a mine in the Thyrhenian Sea off Italy, declared a constructive total loss.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 5 August 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Loyal (G 15)

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1Lt.Cdr. Hugo Edward Forbes Tweedie, DSC, RN22 Sep 1942Aug 1944
2Cdr. Godfrey Ransome, DSC, RN1 Aug 1944late 1944

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Notable events involving Loyal include:

15 Dec 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, DSC, RN) and Adrias. (1)

18 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, RN) and HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN) sink the German (former Norwegian) Favor (1323 GRT) south of Sardinia, Italy in position 38°40'N, 09°32'E.

7 May 1943
The German auxiliary minesweeper M 6616/Alba Eder (21 GRT) and the Italian tug Porto Cesareo (230 GRT) were sunk off Cape Bon, Tunisia by gunfire from the British destroyers HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN), HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN).

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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