Allied Warships

HMS Cleveland (L 46)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 46 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down7 Jul 1939 
Launched24 Apr 1940 
Commissioned18 Sep 1940 
End service 

Wrecked off Swansea on 28 June 1957 while en route to the shipbreakers.

She sailed from UK in November 1942 as escort for convoy KMS2. On 5 July 1943 rendered assistance to the torpedoed British merchant Devis off Algiers. In July 1943 she supported the landings in Sicily. In September 1943 she supported the Salerno landings and in August 1944 the landings in the south of France. In September-October 1944 Cleveland was in the Aegean clearing the the islands and Greek mainland of German troops.

Named after a 'Hunt' in Yorkshire, northern England.
Was the fourth R.N. ship of the name.

Battle Honours;
Atlantic 1942
English Channel 1942 - 1943
North Sea 1943
Sicily 1943
Salerno 1943
South France 1944
Aegean 1944
Adriatic 1944


Commands listed for HMS Cleveland (L 46)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN31 Jul 194010 Oct 1941
2Cdr. Guy Bourchier Sayer, RN10 Oct 194129 Jan 1943
3Lt. James Kenneth Hamilton, RN29 Jan 194317 Apr 1944
4Lt. John Charles Lapage, RN17 Apr 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Cleveland include:

5 Jul 1943
HMS Cleveland (Lt. J.K. Hamilton, RN) picks up 291 survivors from the British merchant Devis that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-593 north-east of Cap Bengut, Algeria in position 37°01'N, 04°10'E.

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