Allied Warships

HMS Ardent (H 41)

Destroyer of the A class


HMS Ardent before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassA 
PennantH 41 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered6 Mar 1928 
Laid down30 Jul 1928 
Launched26 Jun 1929 
Commissioned14 Apr 1930 
Lost8 Jun 1940 
History

HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN) was sunk on 8 June 1940 while defending the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious from the German battlecruiser Gneisernau and Scharnhorst.

Two men were rescued by a German seaplane 5 days after the ship was sunk. One subsequently died in hospital leaving just one survivor, Able Seaman Roger Hooke (stationed at X-gun) who was repatriated in 1943 due to ill health.  

Commands listed for HMS Ardent (H 41)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN14 Oct 19388 Jun 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Ardent include:


21 Sep 1939
HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN) escorted Convoy OA-7. Ardent took wounded from the British tanker Teakwood aboard after it was torpedoed by German U-boat U-35. Ardent accompanied damaged Teakwood back to Falmouth. (1)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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