RN Warships WW2

HMS Active H14

HMS Active

Builder: Hawthorn Leslie. Laid Down 10.7.1928: Launched: 9.7.1929. Completed: 9.2.1930

3rd July 1940. Part of Operation Catapult, the attack on part of the French fleet at Mers-El-Kebir. Force included HMS Hood, Resolution, Valiant and the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. After the refusal by the French to agree to British conditions a number of French ships were seriously damaged and over 1100 French were killed.

Feb/March 1941. Takes part in a number of operations with Force H, Gibraltar, to get fighter aircraft to Malta. They were flown off the carriers Eagle and Argus. Other ships included the battleship Malaya, the battlecruiser Hood, the cruiser Hermione and destroyers Laforey, Lightning, Anthony, Wishart, Duncan, Whitehall, Blankney and Croome.

22nd May 1941. When the German battleship 'Bismark' and the heavy cruiser 'Prinz Eugen' set out for the Atlantic for commerce raiding, Active is part of the force sent from Scapa Flow in an attempt to intercept.

24th May 1943. With HMS Ness sinks the Italian submarine Da Vinci near Cape Finisterre, which has previously sunk the Empress of Canada, 21517 tons, and four other ships in the south Atlantic.

8th October 1943. Sinks U-179 with depth charges off South Africa after it had sunk a ship of 6558 tons.

1947. Sold and broken up at Dalmuir.


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