HMS Cavalier (R 73)
Destroyer of the Ca class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||24 Mar 1942|
|Laid down||28 Mar 1943|
|Launched||7 Apr 1944|
|Commissioned||22 Nov 1944|
HMS Cavalier joined the 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet, and quickly saw action. In February 1945 she took part in three operations off Norway, “Selenium”, a strike against enemy shipping, “Shred” to provide fighter cover for a minesweeping flotilla and “Groundsheet”, an aircraft mine laying strike. Cavalier was one of three destroyers sent from Scapa to reinforce the escort of Arctic Convoy RA64, which had left the Kola Inlet on 17th February. After being attacked by U-boats and enemy aircraft on 23rd February the convoy was scattered in a hurricane combining force 12 winds with icing. Cavalier went to round-up the convoy with the other escorts, and on 1st March thirty-one of the thirty-four merchant ships arrived safely in the Clyde. This mission earned HMS Cavalier a well deserved “Battle Honour”.
Preserved at Chatham Dockyard.
|Former name||HMS Pellew (R 04)|
Commands listed for HMS Cavalier (R 73)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Donald Terry McBarnet, RN||14 Jul 1944||21 Jun 1946|
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Notable events involving Cavalier include:
This vessel is now under restoration in Chatham Dockyard, Kent UK. For details see this link. (1)
15 Jan 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Opportune (Cdr. R.E.D. Ryder, VC, RN), HMS Cavendish (Cdr. R.H. Maurice, DSO, RN) and HMS Cavalier (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, RN). (2)
22 Jan 1945
HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN).H, MS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Marjoribanks, RN) and HMS Cavalier (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, RN). (3)
- Personal communication
- 2.12.03.7152 (Dutch Archives, The Hague)
- ADM 173/20344
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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