HMS Petard (G 56)
Destroyer of the P class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||26 Dec 1939|
|Launched||27 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||15 Jun 1942|
Scrapped at Bo-ness in June 1967.
|Former name||HMS Persistant|
Commands listed for HMS Petard (G 56)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Mark Thornton, DSC, RN||28 Apr 1942||Jan 1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Rupert Cyril Egan, RN||1 Jan 1943||late 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Lacey Caple, DSC, RN||Nov 1944||ca mid 46|
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Noteable events involving Petard include:
30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and a British Short Sunderland aircraft from RAF 47 Sqn. (see map)
4 May 1943
The British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN), HMS Paladin (Lt.Cdr. L.St.G. Rich, RN) and HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN) sank the Italian transport ship Campo Basso (3566 GRT) and its escort the Italian torpedo boat Perseo (652 tons) about 8 nautical miles east of Kelibia, Tunisia.
12 Feb 1944
While escorting Convoy KR-8 on 12 February 1944, Petard (Cdr Rupert Egan) destroyed the Japanese B1 type submarine I-27 after it had sunk SS Khedive Ismail with the loss of 1,297 people. HMS Petard in remarkable in that she was the only allied warship to sink a German, and Italian and a Japanese submarine during WW2.