HMS Forth (F 04)
Submarine Depot Ship of the Maidstone class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Submarine Depot Ship|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Laid down||30 Jun 1937|
|Launched||11 Aug 1938|
|Commissioned||14 May 1939|
Based in home waters during the Second World War apart from a brief period in Halifax, Canada in 1941.
She left Singapore for the U.K. on 31 March 1971. She arrived back in the U.K. on 7 June 1971.
Commands listed for HMS Forth (F 04)
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|1||Capt. William Derek Stephens, RN||16 May 1939||30 Jan 1940|
|2||Capt. George Cunningham Paton Menzies, RN||30 Jan 1940||19 Jul 1941|
|3||Capt. Eric Barry Kenvyn Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN||19 Jul 1941||12 Sep 1941|
|4||Capt. George Cunningham Paton Menzies, RN||12 Sep 1941||31 Dec 1941|
|5||Capt. Hugh Meynell Cyril Ionides, RN||31 Dec 1941||30 Apr 1943|
|6||Capt. Robert Spencer Warne, RN||30 Apr 1943||5 Feb 1945|
|7||Capt. Benjamin Bryant, DSO, DSC, RN||5 Feb 1945||11 May 1945|
|8||Capt. Lord Ashbourne, DSO, RN||11 May 1945||9 Sep 1945|
|9||Capt. Wilfrid John Wentworth Woods, DSO, RN||9 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Forth include:
6 Sep 1940
The submarine depot ship HMS Forth (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN) and the submarine HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, RN) departed from Rosyth for Holy Loch. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN).
They arrived safely in the Clyde at 0600/9. (1)
7 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) and HMS Forth (Capt. R.S. Warne, RN) served as the targets. (2)
7 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) proceeded to Campbeltown on completion of last night's exercises. That evening she departed again for night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Forth (Capt. R.S. Warne, RN) served as target. (3)
8 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) and HMS Forth (Capt. R.S. Warne, RN) served as the targets. Upon completion of these Sceptre set course for Holy Loch but shortly before arriving there Sceptre was ordered to proceed to Loch Goil instead. (2)
- ADM 199/373
- ADM 173/18003
- ADM 173/18159
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.