HMS Hursley (L 84)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||21 Dec 1940|
|Launched||25 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||2 Apr 1942|
|End service||Dec 1943|
Transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy in December 1943 being renamed Kriti.
|Career notes||To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Kriti|
Commands listed for HMS Hursley (L 84)
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|1||Lt. William John Patrick Church, DSC, RN||3 Feb 1942||Dec 1943|
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Noteable events involving Hursley include:
14 Jan 1943
While detached from escorting convoy ME-15 off Malta HMS Hursley (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN) together with HMS Pakenham (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and a Beaufort of No.39 Squadron sank the Italian submarine Narvalo (Lt.Cdr. Ludovico Grion) (810 tons) south-east of Malta. Aboard the submarine, who is returning to Italy from a supply mission to North Africa, there are 11 English officers who are prisoners of war, 8 of them went down with the Narvalo along with 28 Italians.
19 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-562 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Benghazi, in position 32°57'N, 20°54'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Isis (Lt.Cdr. D.R. Mitchell, RN), the British escort destroyer HMS Hursley (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN) and a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 38/S). (see map)