HMS Offa (G 29)
Destroyer of the O class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Ordered||3 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||15 Jan 1940|
|Launched||11 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Sep 1941|
Transferred to Pakistan on 30 November 1949 being renamed Tariq.
Scrapped at Sunderland on 13 October 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Offa (G 29)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Robert Alastair Ewing, RN||29 Jul 1941||12 Mar 1943|
|2||Capt. James Abernethy McCoy, DSO, RN||12 Mar 1943||3 Jun 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Rowland Francis Leonard, RN||3 Jun 1943||15 Aug 1944|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Charles Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN||15 Aug 1944||8 Jan 1945|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Ernest Michael Thorpe, DSO, RN||8 Jan 1945|
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Notable events involving Offa include:
The wreck of the Atheltemplar and later sunk by German U-boat U-408 with a few rounds from the 88mm gun.
26 Jan 1944
HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Fort Bellingham that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-957 in the Barents Sea north of North Cape in position 73°25'N, 25°10'E.