Allied Warships

USS Spry (PG-64)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantPG-64 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down14 Nov 1939 
Launched6 Apr 1940 
Commissioned2 May 1942 
End service20 Aug 1945 
History

Ordered for French Navy but served in the Royal Navy as HMS Hibiscus.
Transferred to the U.S.N. at Leith, Scotland, on 2 May 1942 and was commissioned in the U.S.N. the same day.
Decommissioned in England on 20 August 1945 and returned to the R.N. on 26 August.
Stricken 17 September 1945.

 
Former nameHMS Hibiscus

Commands listed for USS Spry (PG-64)

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1Lt. Maxim William Firth, USN2 May 1942??? (1)

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Notable events involving Spry include:


25 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HNoMS Narvik and HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN). (2)

26 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) and HMS Piroutte (T/Lt. E.R. Pate, RNR). (2)

29 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (2)

13 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR). (3)

Sources

  1. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/s16/spry.htm
  2. ADM 173/17201
  3. ADM 173/17755

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


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