Allied Warships

HMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassJan van Amstel 
PennantJ 60 
Built byGusto (Schiedam, The Netherlands)  
Ordered 
Laid down10 Oct 1936 
Launched27 Mar 1937 
Commissioned26 Mar 1943 
End service 
HistoryDecommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy on 26 March 1943 and transferred to the Royal Navy. Returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1946 and recommissioned under her old name. 

Commands listed for HMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

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1Lt. Philip Desmond O'Driscoll, RNR22 Mar 1943late 1945

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Notable events involving Jan van Gelder include:


23 May 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) shifted from the Clyde area to Port HHX to participate in trials off that port. During her passage there she was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (1)

25 May 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (2)

29 May 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included attack exercises with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (3)

31 May 1943
HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (4)

8 Jun 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) during which HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) served as the target. These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of all these exercises HMS Upstart proceeded to Holy Loch. (5)

29 Aug 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Campbeltown. Off Campbeltown she conducted exercises with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (6)

4 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (7)

9 Oct 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area which included a practice attack on HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (8)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included gunnery exercises on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (9)

14 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Taku proceeded to Campbeltown upon completion of these exercises. (9)

16 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (9)

18 Oct 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (10)

23 Oct 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (8)

1 Dec 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) departed Londonderry for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (11)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) and HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) serving as target. These exercises included night exercises. (12)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) and HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) serving as targets. These exercises included night exercises. (12)

1 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (13)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (14)

30 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Following the exercises with these surface ships HMS Vitality conducted gunnery and night exercises. (15)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Barrow. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (16)

28 Nov 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area with a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (17)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (18)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) shifted from Campbeltown to Oban. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (19)

27 Jan 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as target. (20)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (21)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (21)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (21)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (22)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. (23)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18283
  2. ADM 173/18391
  3. ADM 173/18225
  4. ADM 199/1910
  5. ADM 173/18373
  6. ADM 173/18395
  7. ADM 173/18396
  8. ADM 173/18429
  9. ADM 173/18179
  10. ADM 173/17821
  11. ADM 173/18431
  12. ADM 173/18995
  13. ADM 173/18522
  14. ADM 173/19026
  15. ADM 173/19421
  16. ADM 173/18917
  17. ADM 173/19289
  18. ADM 173/18918
  19. ADM 173/19424
  20. ADM 173/19851
  21. ADM 173/20063
  22. ADM 173/19949
  23. ADM 173/19950

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


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