Allied Warships

HMS Onyx (J 221)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 221 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered15 Nov 1940 
Laid down24 Nov 1941 
Launched27 Oct 1942 
Commissioned26 Mar 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 5 April 1967.

 

Commands listed for HMS Onyx (J 221)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Casamaijor Loftus Gaussen, RNVRFeb 194322 Jan 1945
2Lt. Maurice O'Brien Fitzgerald, RN22 Jan 1945

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Notable events involving Onyx include:


12 Sep 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Magpie (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN), HMS Odzani (Lt.Cdr. L.A. Sayers, RNR), HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) and HMS Cyclamen (T/Lt. W.S. Joliffe, RNR). (1)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN) and HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR). (2)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17928
  2. ADM 173/18443

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


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