Allied Warships

HMS Emerald (D 66)

Light cruiser of the E class

HMS Emerald in 1944

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 66 
Built byArmstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend 
Ordered7 Mar 1918 
Laid down23 Sep 1918 
Launched19 May 1920 
Commissioned14 Jan 1926 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 July 1948.
Arrived at Troon to be scrapped by Arnott Young on 5 July 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Emerald (D 66)

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1Capt. Augustus Willington Shelton Agar, VC, DSO, RN31 Jul 193918 Jun 1940
2Capt. Francis Cyril Flynn, RN18 Jun 194025 Aug 1942
3Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN25 Aug 19423 Nov 1942
4A/Cdr. (retired) John Frederick Denman, RN3 Nov 194213 Mar 1943
5Capt. Francis James Wylie, RN13 Mar 194328 Sep 1944
6A/Cdr. (retired) John Frederick Denman, RN28 Sep 19445 Oct 1944
7Capt. (retired) Robin Wynell Mayow Lloyd, DSO, RN5 Oct 19449 Mar 1945
8Capt. (retired) Wilfred Pearse Gandell, RN9 Mar 1945late 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)

25 Jan 1944
During 25/26 January 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. F.J. Wylie, RN). (2)


  1. Files and (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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