HMS Gurkha (ii) (G 63)
Destroyer of the L class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||31 Mar 1938|
|Laid down||18 Oct 1938|
|Launched||8 Jul 1940|
|Commissioned||18 Feb 1941|
|Lost||17 Jan 1942|
|Loss position||31° 50'N, 26° 15'E|
At 0735hours on 17 January 1942, HMS Gurkha (Cdr. Charles Nugent Lentaigne, DSO, RN) was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-133 and caught fire from bow to stern. The Dutch destroyer HrMs Isaac Sweers towed the destroyer clear of the burning oil on the surface. Most crew members were then transferred to the Dutch destroyer by boats and were landed at Tobruk in the evening. The burning destroyer had to be scuttled north of Sidi Barrani in position 31º50'N, 26º15'E.
HMS Gurkha had been escorting the Malta convoy MW-8B (four fast transports covered by Admiral Vian´s Mediterranean Fleet cruiser force), which arrived Malta on 19 January without further casualties.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Gurkha (ii)|
|Former name||HMS Larne|
Commands listed for HMS Gurkha (ii) (G 63)
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|1||Cdr. Charles Nugent Lentaigne, RN||29 Oct 1940||17 Jan 1942|
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Notable events involving Gurkha (ii) include:
29 Sep 1941
At 0617hours on 29 September 1941, HMS Gurkha got a radar contact with the surfaced Italian submarine Diaspro (offsite link) in position 37°32'N, 06°45'E and was shortly thereafter missed by two torpedoes, which passed under the destroyer. Together with the Dutch destroyer HrMs Isaac Sweers, she engaged the submarine, but without result. The destroyers were part of the Force H (Adm. Somerville), returning from escorting a Malta convoy during Operation Halberd.
30 Sep 1941
Around 1030hours on 30 September 1941 the Italian submarine Adua (offsite link) was sunk north-west of Algiers in position 37°10'N, 00°56'E by the British destroyers HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) and HMS Legion (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, RN).