HMS Hostile (H 55)
Destroyer of the H class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||5 Sep 1934|
|Laid down||27 Feb 1935|
|Launched||24 Jan 1936|
|Commissioned||10 Sep 1936|
|Lost||23 Aug 1940|
|Loss position||36° 53'N, 11° 19'E|
On 23 August 1940 HMS Hostile (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) ran into minefield 5.AN, laid a couple of days previously by the Italian destroyers Maestrale, Grecale, Libeccio and Scirocco. She was severly damaged and had to be sunk by HMS Hero about 20 nautical miles south-east of Cape Bon, Tunisia in position 36º53'N, 11º19'E.
Commands listed for HMS Hostile (H 55)
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|1||Cdr. John Piachaud Wright, RN||23 Aug 1938||18 Jul 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN||18 Jul 1940||23 Aug 1940|
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Notable events involving Hostile include:
17 Aug 1940
In the early morning the British battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN), HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN) the British heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) escorted by the British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hostile (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) carried out a bombardment of Italian positions around the fortress of Bardia.