HMS Javelin (F 61)
Destroyer of the J class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||25 Mar 1937|
|Laid down||11 Oct 1937|
|Launched||21 Dec 1938|
|Commissioned||10 Jun 1939|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 11 June 1949 and scrapped at Troon, Scotland.
The ships bell belonging to HMS Javelin is presently hung at the Royal Canadian Legion Building Branch 29 in Burin, Newfoundland, Canada.
|Former name||HMS Kashmir|
Commands listed for HMS Javelin (F 61)
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|1||Cdr. Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN||8 May 1939||late 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. George Emery Fardell, RN||late 1941||8 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN||8 Jan 1942||30 Sep 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. William Frank Niemann Gregory-Smith, DSO, DSC, RN||30 Sep 1942||Dec 1942|
|5||Lt.Cdr. John Melvill Alliston, DSC, RN||Dec 1942||ca. mid 43|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Peter Barthrop North Lewis, DSC, RN||23 Nov 1943||ca. mid 44|
|7||Lt.Cdr. James Bogue Marjoribanks, RN||14 Nov 1944||17 Nov 1945|
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Noteable events involving Javelin include:
21 Apr 1940
At 07.49 hours on 21 April 1940 the British merchant Cedarbank was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-26 north-west of Bergen in position 62°49'N, 04°10'E. 30 - survivors were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and landed at Aalesund, Norway.
28 May 1940
Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) made two trips to Dunkirk to evacuate British troops.
11 Oct 1940
The battleship HMS Revenge sails from Plymouth with the destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jupiter, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jaguar and HMS Kashmir to shell the French port of Cherbourg.
29 Nov 1940
The 5th British destroyer flotilla (Capt. Lord Louis Mountbatten), HMS Javelin (flag), HMS Jupiter, HMS Kashmir, HMS Jackal and HMS Jersey encounters the German destroyers Karl Galster, Hans Lody and Richard Beitzen while these were conducting an anti-shipping raid off Plymouth. In the gun/torpedo battle that followed HMS Javelin was hit by two torpedoes, losing both her bow and stern. Only 155 feet of Javelin's original 353 foot length remained afloat and was towed back to harbour. Javelin was out of action for almost a year.
5 May 1942
Took part in the landings at Madagascar.
12 Aug 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded the Island of Rhodes.
12 Sep 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded El-Darba.
19 Jan 1943
Javelin and HMS Kelvin on patrol from Malta intercept and sink (13) enemy ships in a night action lasting three hours.
20 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin intercept a small Italian convoy off Tripoli, Libya and completely destroy it. Some 11 ships were sunk among them the small Italian minesweepers RD 31, RD 36, RD 37 and RD 39.
22 Jan 1943
With units of the East Med Fleet in a night action Bombarded the port of ZUARA.
1 May 1943
Convoy escort from Alexandria to Tripoli, attacked by enemy dive bombers off Benghazi two merchant ships sunk and one damaged.