HMS Varanga (FY 1625)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||14 Mar 1929|
Completed on 25 April 1929.
Returned to her owner in Novmeber 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Varanga (FY 1625)
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|1||T/Skr. Charles Dennay, RNR||2 Mar 1940||2 Apr 1940|
|2||Lt. George Clement Crowley, RN||2 Apr 1940||mid 1942|
|3||T/Skr. Frank Stephen Gleeson, RNR||mid 1942||24 May 1943|
|4||A/Skr.Lt. William Eric Patterson, RNR||24 May 1943||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Varanga include:
11 Dec 1940
HMS Varanga (T/Lt. G.C. Crowley, RNVR) picks up 25 survivors from the British passenger ship Rotorua that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 about 110 miles north-west of St. Kilda in position 58°56'N, 11°20'W.
29 Jan 1944
HMS Varanga picked up Sgt S.C.B.Parker [RAF] from the North Sea. He was one of four crew from a Halifax returning from a bombing run to Berlin. They had bailed out and were picked up by three minesweeping trawlers. The other two were HMS Prospect and HMS Property. They were in a group anchored 10 miles off the Wash. These four men were the only ones to survive out of a crew of seven from 431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force flying out of RAF station Croft. (1)
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