Allied Warships

HMS Chantala

Armed boarding vessel

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant 
Built byBarclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched2 Apr 1920 
Commissioned21 Feb 1940 
Lost7 Dec 1941 
History

Passenger / cargo vessel completed on 19 August 1920.
Taken in hand for fitting out as Armed boarding vessel at Bombay on 23 January 1940.
Fitting out completed on 21 February 1940.
Displacement: 3129 GRT.
Dimensions: 100.6 x 14 feet.
Armament: 2 4" guns (2x1), 2 2pdr AA (2x1)
Speed: 14 knots.

HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr. (retired) Christopher Ernest Inman Gibbs, RN) was mined of Tubruk, Libya on 7 December 1941.

 

Commands listed for HMS Chantala

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Christopher Ernest Inman Gibbs, RN25 Jan 19407 Dec 1941

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Notable events involving Chantala include:


16 Aug 1940
From 16 to 19 August 1940, Allied troops from Berbera, Italian Somaliland, were evacuated to Aden.

The troops were evacatuated by the transports Akbar (4043 GRT, built 1924), Laomedon (6491 GRT, built 1912), the hospital ship Vita (4691 GRT, built 1914) as well as the armed boarding vessels HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) and HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.I. Gibbs, RN).

Cover for the evacuation was provided by the light cruisers HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN), HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN), AA -cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), sloops HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN), HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN), HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN), HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), minesweeper HMS Derby (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN) and the netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN).

On 17 August, HMS Ceres bombarded Italian Army targets which temporarily halted the Italian advance.

On 18 August, HMS Caledon and HMS Kandahar bombarded enemy units on the Bulhar-Berbera road.

The evacuation was completed on the 18th. Over 7000 men had been evacuated.

The last men were taken off by HMAS Hobart which Berbera early on the 19th for Aden with the last of the Army personnel and the demolition parties which had demolished the harbour facilities. HMS Indus proceeded along the coast to pick up stragglers. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/383

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


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