Allied Warships

HMS Pickle (J 293)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 293 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered30 Apr 1942 
Laid down11 Jan 1943 
Launched3 Aug 1943 
Commissioned15 Oct 1943 
End service 

Sold to the Ceylon Navy on 6 April 1959 being renamed Parakrama.


Commands listed for HMS Pickle (J 293)

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1Lt.Cdr. Francis Charles Victor Brightman, RN1 Sep 194330 Nov 1944
2Cdr. Malcolm Hilary Brown, DSC, RN30 Nov 194419 Feb 1945
3Cdr. Cecil Powis Frobisher Brown, DSC, RN19 Feb 1945mid 1946

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Notable events involving Pickle include:

1 Jan 1944
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pickle (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of Sealion]. (1)


  1. ADM 173/18469

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

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