Allied Warships

HMS Stronghold (H 50)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty S 
PennantH 50 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
OrderedJun 1917 
Laid downMar 1918 
Launched6 May 1919 
Commissioned2 Jul 1919 
Lost2 Mar 1942 
Loss position12° 20'S, 112° 00'E

On 2 March 1942 a Japanese task group consisting of the heavy cruiser Maya and the destroyers Arashi and Nowaki (all offsite links), belonging to a Japanese carrier force operating south of Java, discovered and sank HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. Giles Robert Pretor-Pinney, (retired), RN), fleeing from Tjilatjap to Australia. Stronghold sank at 1858 hours at postition 12º20'S, 112º00E. About fifty survivors were picked up by the small Dutch merchant Bintoehan that later transferred them to Maya.


Commands listed for HMS Stronghold (H 50)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Alexander, RN16 Jul 193918 Mar 1941
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Giles Robert Pretor-Pinney, RN18 Mar 19412 Mar 1942 (+)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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