HMS Emerald (D 66)
Light cruiser of the E class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend|
|Ordered||7 Mar 1918|
|Laid down||23 Sep 1918|
|Launched||19 May 1920|
|Commissioned||14 Jan 1926|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 July 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Emerald (D 66)
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|1||Capt. Augustus Willington Shelton Agar, VC, DSO, RN||31 Jul 1939||18 Jun 1940|
|2||Capt. Francis Cyril Flynn, RN||18 Jun 1940||25 Aug 1942|
|3||Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN||25 Aug 1942||3 Nov 1942|
|4||A/Cdr. (retired) John Frederick Denman, RN||3 Nov 1942||13 Mar 1943|
|5||Capt. Francis James Wylie, RN||13 Mar 1943||28 Sep 1944|
|6||A/Cdr. (retired) John Frederick Denman, RN||28 Sep 1944||5 Oct 1944|
|7||Capt. (retired) Robin Wynell Mayow Lloyd, DSO, RN||5 Oct 1944||9 Mar 1945|
|8||Capt. (retired) Wilfred Pearse Gandell, RN||9 Mar 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Emerald include:
10 Oct 1940
The British cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. E.A. Aylmer, DSC, RN) and HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN), with the British destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, DSC, RN) of the 17th DF and the Polish destroyers Garland (Cdr. K. Namiesniowski, ORP) and Burza (Cdr. A. Doroszkowski, ORP) act as a screen to the British battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) during a bombardment of Cherbourg.
11 Jan 1942
Shortly before 1800 hours HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) bolstered the escort of convoy DM 1.
Convoy DM 1 was made up of the following ships; American liner (troopship) Mount Vernon (24289 GRT, built 1933), British liners (troopships) Narkunda (16227 GRT, built 1920), Aorangi (17491 GRT, built 1924), British cargo vessel Sussex (11062 GRT, built 1937), Dutch passerger / cargo ship Abbekerk (7906 GRT, built 1939).
They were escorted by British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), British light cruisers HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN), HMS Durban (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN), the British destroyers HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN).
The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 0745/13. (1)
- Files 2.12.03.6849 and 18.104.22.168 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6853 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)