HMS Mendip (L 60)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||11 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||10 Aug 1939|
|Launched||9 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||12 Oct 1940|
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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|1||A/Cdr. Guy Neville Rolfe, RN||1 Jul 1940||16 Sep 1942|
|2||Capt. Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry, RN||16 Sep 1942||15 Oct 1943|
|3||Lt. Peter Douglas Davey, RN||15 Oct 1943||10 Apr 1945|
|4||Lt. Lesley Edney Blackmore, RN||10 Apr 1945||1 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)
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)
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)
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/16307
- ADM 173/19411
- ADM 173/19364
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.