Allied Warships

HMS Vestal (J 215)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 215 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered15 Nov 1940 
Laid down11 Jan 1943 
Launched19 Jun 1943 
Commissioned10 Sep 1943 
Lost26 Jul 1945 
Loss position7° 05'N, 97° 50'E
History

HMS Vestal (Lt.Cdr. Charles William Porter, DSC, RN) was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft about 55 nautical miles south-west of Phuket, Siam (Thailand) in position 07º05'N, 97º50'E.  

Commands listed for HMS Vestal (J 215)

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1Lt. Charles William Porter, DSC, RN26 Jul 194326 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Vestal include:


24 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN). (1)

25 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR), HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/20149

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


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