Allied Warships

HMS Offa (G 29)

Destroyer of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 29 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered3 Sep 1939 
Laid down15 Jan 1940 
Launched11 Mar 1941 
Commissioned20 Sep 1941 
End service 

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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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Alastair Ewing, RN29 Jul 194112 Mar 1943
2Capt. James Abernethy McCoy, DSO, RN12 Mar 19433 Jun 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Rowland Francis Leonard, RN3 Jun 194315 Aug 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Reginald Charles Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN15 Aug 19448 Jan 1945
5Lt.Cdr. Ernest Michael Thorpe, DSO, RN8 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)

14 Sep 1942
HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN) picks up survivors from the British tanker Atheltemplar that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-457 southwest of Bear Island.

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.

14 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1844
  2. ADM 173/18917

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

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