HMS Despatch (D 30)
Light cruiser of the D class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Laid down||Jul 1918|
|Launched||24 Sep 1919|
|Commissioned||2 Jun 1922|
HMS Despatch was completed by Chatham Dockyard.
HMS Despatch was not an active unit as of January 1945
Reduced to reserve in January 1945. Sold 5 April 1946 and arrived for scrapping at Arnott Young, Troon, Scotland on 5 May 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Despatch (D 30)
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|1||Capt. Allan Poland, DSO, RN||31 Jul 1939||10 Dec 1939|
|2||Capt. Cyril George Bucknill Coltart, RN||10 Dec 1939||26 Feb 1940|
|3||Capt. John Wentworth Farquhar, RN||26 Feb 1940||21 Jun 1940|
|4||Capt. Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant, DSC, RN||25 Jun 1940||18 Mar 1942|
|5||Capt. Waldemar William Powell Shirley-Rollison, RN||18 Mar 1942|
|6||Cdr. (retired) Cyril Appleton, RN||7 Apr 1942||28 Apr 1942|
|7||Cdr. (retired) Sir Herbert Maurice Huntington-Whiteley, RN||28 Apr 1942||23 Jun 1942|
|8||Capt. William Ronald Christopher Leggatt, RN||23 Jun 1942||25 Sep 1943|
|9||Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RN||Apr 1944||early 1945|
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Noteable events involving Despatch include:
5 Dec 1939
The German merchant D?sseldorf (4930 GRT) was captured by HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, DSO, RN) off Punta Caldera in Chilean territorial waters.
1 Mar 1940
HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, RN) intercepts the German merchant Troja (2390 GRT) off Aruba, Dutch West Indies. However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.