Allied Warships

HMS Rifleman (J 299)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 299 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered30 Apr 1942 
Laid down20 Apr 1943 
Launched25 Nov 1943 
Commissioned11 Feb 1944 
End service 

Rifleman spent some years during the early 1960's in the Vickers Shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness as an accomodation ship for Royal Navy crews attending the building of RN submarines especially the two Polaris Submarines Resolution and Repulse.  

Commands listed for HMS Rifleman (J 299)

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1Lt. Charles Laurence Carroll, DSC, RNR16 Jan 1944Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Rifleman include:

Two photographs of the crew of HMS Rifleman, both taken at Malta.
Photographs with thanks to Vincent Camilleri, Australia.

The second photo taken post 1950 as the bofors were fitted that year (1)

29 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway together with HMS Rifleman (Lt. C.L. Carroll, DSC, RNR), HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. P.W. Arnold, RNVR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. S. Hearne, RNR).

Later the same day she departed Stornoway for Tobermory. (2)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/19217

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

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