HMS Scimitar (H 21)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Laid down||30 May 1917|
|Launched||27 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||29 Apr 1918|
HMS Scimitar is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List
Scrapped on 30 June 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Scimitar (H 21)
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|1||Lt. Mark Thornton, RN||7 Jun 1938||26 Feb 1940|
|2||Lt. Robert Denys Franks, RN||26 Feb 1940||20 Jun 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Charles George Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR||20 Jun 1942||Jul 1943|
|4||Lt. Gilbert Charles Potter, DSC, RN||1 Jul 1943||18 Dec 1943|
|5||Lt. Philip Archer-Shee, RNVR||18 Dec 1943||Oct 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Allan Arthur Gotelee, DSC, RNVR||Oct 1944||Jan 1945|
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Noteable events involving Scimitar include:
8 Jul 1940
HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN) together pick up 43 survivors from the British merchant Humber Arm that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 60 nautical miles south of Fastnet in position 50°36'N, 09°24'W.
29 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-651 was sunk south of Iceland, in position 59?52'N, 18?36'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Malcolm )(Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, RN), the corvettes HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR) and the minesweeper HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RNR). (see map)