HMS Offa (G 29)
Destroyer of the O class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Ordered||3 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||15 Jan 1940|
|Launched||11 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Sep 1941|
Transferred to Pakistan on 30 November 1949 being renamed Tariq.
Scrapped at Sunderland on 13 October 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Offa (G 29)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Robert Alastair Ewing, RN||29 Jul 1941||12 Mar 1943|
|2||Capt. James Abernethy McCoy, DSO, RN||12 Mar 1943||3 Jun 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Rowland Francis Leonard, RN||3 Jun 1943||15 Aug 1944|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Charles Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN||15 Aug 1944||8 Jan 1945|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Ernest Michael Thorpe, DSO, RN||8 Jan 1945|
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Notable events involving Offa include:
23 Dec 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 11th war patrol. She was part of Operation Archery, a commando raid on Vågsøy, Norway. Tuna was to act as navigational beacon for the surface ships involved in this operation.
The raid on Vågsøy was carried out by the British Light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Burrough, RN), the British destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and the landing ships Prince Charles (A/Cdr. W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN) and Prince Leopold (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Byles, RD, RNR). (1)
The wreck of the Atheltemplar and later sunk by German U-boat U-408 with a few rounds from the 88mm gun.
26 Jan 1944
HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Fort Bellingham that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-957 in the Barents Sea north of North Cape in position 73°25'N, 25°10'E.
- ADM 199/1844
- ADM 173/18917
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.