Allied Warships

HMS Switha (T 179)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 179 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Aitchison Blair 
Ordered13 Sep 1940 
Laid down31 May 1941 
Launched3 Apr 1942 
Commissioned15 Jun 1942 
End service 


Commands listed for HMS Switha (T 179)

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1T/Lt. Leonard Henry Green, RNR11 May 194212 Nov 1943
2T/Lt. Vernon Sullivan Jeffery, RNVR12 Nov 194327 Sep 1945
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Hunter Lyle, RNVR27 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Switha include:

24 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. L.H. Green, RNR) and HMS Bressay (T/Lt. J.E. Wilmot, RNVR). (1)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR) and HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR). (2)

30 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (3)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Surf (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) departed Portland for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/18389
  2. ADM 173/18180
  3. ADM 173/18443
  4. ADM 173/18909

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

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