HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)
Sloop of the Falmouth class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 51 / U 51|
|Built by||Devonport dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||16 Mar 1931|
|Laid down||14 Sep 1931|
|Launched||11 Jun 1932|
|Commissioned||22 Dec 1932|
Sold 3 June 1949.
Commands listed for HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)
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|1||Capt. Robert Lionel Brooke Cunliffe, RN||29 Dec 1937||21 Oct 1939|
|2||Capt. Robert John Shaw, RN||21 Oct 1939||3 Aug 1940|
|3||Capt. (retired) Sydney Keith Smyth, RN||3 Aug 1940||22 Feb 1941|
|4||Cdr. (retired) the Hon. Valentine Maurice Wyndham-Quin, RN||22 Feb 1941||Early 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Gerald MacClelland, RN||Early 1943||Jan 1944|
|6||Lt. John Bryant, RNR||Jan 1944||6 Mar 1944|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Gerald Gordon Slade, RN||6 Mar 1944||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Milford include:
28 Mar 1938
HMS Milford (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN) anchored off Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and claimed the island for Britain.
8 Nov 1940
HMS Milford (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN (retired)) is torpedoed by the Vichy French submarine Poncelet north of Port Gentil. The torpedo however did not explode. Poncelet is damaged by depth charges from Milford and is scuttled by her own crew in position 00°20'S, 08°50'E. (1)
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