Allied Warships

HMS Breda (4.84)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.84 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)  
Ordered 
Laid down 
LaunchedMar 1912 
Commissioned 
Lost18 Feb 1944 
History

Displacement: 1207 tons.
Completed in June 1912 as Sapphire.
Purchased by the Admiralty in 1939 and renamed Breda.
Served in A/S role and later as tender to submarine flotilla's.

Sunk after a collision near Campbeltown, Scotland on 18 February 1944.

 

Commands listed for HMS Breda (4.84)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Newell Herbert Gale, RD, RNR11 Dec 193925 Jul 1940
2Capt. (retired) Archibald Edward Johnston, RN25 Jul 194031 Dec 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Gerald Gordon Slade, RN31 Dec 194318 Feb 1944

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Notable events involving Breda include:


21 Aug 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (1)

25 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

26 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

27 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

2 Oct 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She is escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (3)

11 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises (for the C.O.Q.C. = Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area together with HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN). The targets were the submarine tender HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) escorted by (at least) patrol yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (4)

3 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (5)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) until 0900/21 when HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN) took over the escort. (6)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (7)

21 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (8)

21 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted until 0805 hours by HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) after which HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) took over the escort. (9)

1 Jan 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory where she was to aid in the A/S training of newly commissioned escort ships. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (10)

18 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted night exercises with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Upon completion of these exercises they proceeded to Rothesay where they arrived later the same day. (11)

21 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Tobermory. She departed later the same day togther with HMS H 33 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) for Falmouth. The submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

15 May 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). (12)

29 May 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises and night exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (13)

12 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (14)

1 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Falmouth.

She made rendez-vous with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) off Lizard Rock at 1022 hours. Both ships arrived at Falmouth shortly before 1700 hours. (15)

2 Jan 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (16)

4 Jan 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and their escort, HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), all arrived at Rothesay. (16)

16 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) until Wolf Rock. (17)

29 Jan 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN). During their passage south, the submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (18)

13 Mar 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (19)

6 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN), HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) conducted practice attacks on a convoy made up of the submarine tenders HMS Cyclops (Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), HMS Titania (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) and their escort HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR). (20)

9 May 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN).

19 Jun 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (21)

17 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (22)

20 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) arrived at Plymouth. It had been intended that she was to proceed to Portsmouth to refit but this was now changed to Barrow. So she now went back north again still escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (22)

20 Nov 1942
With her refit completed HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed from the Devonport Dockyard bound for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (23)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16296
  2. ADM 173/16279
  3. ADM 173/16307
  4. ADM 173/16280
  5. ADM 173/16308
  6. ADM 173/16290
  7. ADM 173/16299
  8. ADM 173/16281
  9. ADM 173/16291
  10. ADM 173/16713
  11. ADM 173/16727
  12. ADM 173/16739
  13. ADM 173/16717
  14. ADM 173/16740
  15. ADM 199/1828
  16. ADM 199/424
  17. ADM 173/17197
  18. ADM 173/17233
  19. ADM 173/17235
  20. ADM 173/17201 + ADM 53/116690
  21. ADM 173/17214
  22. ADM 173/17342
  23. ADM 173/17630

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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