HMS Ardent (H 41)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||6 Mar 1928|
|Laid down||30 Jul 1928|
|Launched||26 Jun 1929|
|Commissioned||14 Apr 1930|
|Lost||8 Jun 1940|
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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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN||14 Oct 1938||8 Jun 1940 (+)|
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Noteable 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)
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