Allied Warships

HMS Mendip (L 60)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 60 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered11 Apr 1939 
Laid down10 Aug 1939 
Launched9 Apr 1940 
Commissioned12 Oct 1940 
End service 

Transferred to China May 1948 and renamed Lin Fu. Reposessed after the Yangtze around June 1949 and re-commissioned with the ships company of HMS Consort. Sold to the Egyptian Navy becoming Mohamed ali-El-Kebir on 15 November 1949, renamed Ibrahim-El-Awal later in 1951. Was captured by the Israeli navy after combat and surrender in the 1956 Sinai campaign. Renamed INS Haifa. Was decommissioned in 1968 and sunk as a target ship after being hit by a Gabriel missile.


Commands listed for HMS Mendip (L 60)

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1A/Cdr. Guy Neville Rolfe, RN1 Jul 194016 Sep 1942
2Capt. Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry, RN16 Sep 194215 Oct 1943
3Lt. Peter Douglas Davey, RN15 Oct 194310 Apr 1945
4Lt. Lesley Edney Blackmore, RN10 Apr 19451 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Mendip include:

Date Error: Capt. Parry (D21) did not leave the Mendip until 15 October 1943 while the Mendip was in dry Dock in Gibraltar for extensive repairs after a heavy bomb near miss at Salerno. Lt. Peter Davey RN, took over command of Mendip on 15 October 1943 when Capt. Parry and his staff left for the U.K. (1)

16 Oct 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted special trials off / at Scapa Flow with HMS Dido (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, RN) and HMS Mendip (A/Cdr. G.N. Rolfe, DSC, RN). (2)

18 Oct 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off / at Scapa Flow with HMS Quorn (Lt. E.A.F. Drought, RN), HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Mendip (A/Cdr. G.N. Rolfe, DSC, RN). (2)

3 Nov 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Mendip (Lt. P.D. Davey, RN) and HMS Caesar (Capt. G.N. Brewer, DSO, RN). (3)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Blencathra (Lt. P.G.C. Dickens, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Ulster (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Mendip (Lt. P.D. Davey, RN). (4)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/16307
  3. ADM 173/19411
  4. ADM 173/19364

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

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