Allied Warships

HMS Cavendish (R 15)

Destroyer of the Ca class

HMS Cavendish as seen just after the war, note the County-class heavy cruiser in the distance, this is most likely HMS Suffolk.

Photo Courtesy of Ian Fry.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 15 
ModFlotilla leader 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered24 Mar 1942 
Laid down19 May 1943 
Launched12 Apr 1944 
Commissioned13 Dec 1944 
End service 

Arrived at Blyth to be broken up for scrap on 17 August 1967.  

Former nameHMS Sibyl

Commands listed for HMS Cavendish (R 15)

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1Cdr. Robin Hamilton Maurice, DSO, RN19 Aug 1944mid 1946

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Notable events involving Cavendish include:

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). (1)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Cavendish (Cdr. R.H. Maurice, DSO, RN) and HMS Blackmore (Lt. J.S. Kerans, RN). (2)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. (Dutch Archives, The Hague)
  2. ADM 173/20344

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

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