HMS Harrier (J 71)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||23 Feb 1933|
|Laid down||11 Jul 1933|
|Launched||17 Apr 1934|
|Commissioned||9 Nov 1934|
Laid up at Parkstone Quay after being decommissioned. Sold on 6 June 1950.
Commands listed for HMS Harrier (J 71)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Brian Lane Clark, RN||15 Jun 1939||17 Dec 1940|
|2||Cdr. Eric Percival Hinton, DSO, RN||17 Dec 1940||16 Jul 1942|
|3||Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, DSC, RN||16 Jul 1942||Oct 1943|
|4||Cdr. Harry Ernest Huston Nicholls, RN||Oct 1943||28 Aug 1944|
|5||Cdr. John Foster Cochrane, RN||28 Aug 1944||Dec 1944|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Trevor George Payne Crick, DSC, OBE, RN||Dec 1944||late 1945|
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Noteable events involving Harrier include:
31 Mar 1942
HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO, RN) picks up 17 survivors from the American merchant Effingham that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarines U-456 and U-435 in the Barents Sea in position 70°28'N, 35°44'E.
3 Feb 1943
HMS Harrier (Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, DSO, DSC, RN) picks up 4 survivors from the American merchant Greylock that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-255 in the Norwegian Sea in position 70°52'N, 00°21'W. The Greylock was later sunk by gunfire by one of the escorts.