Allied Warships

HMS Welcome (J 386)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 386 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered19 Dec 1942 
Laid down3 May 1944 
Launched14 Nov 1944 
Commissioned20 Jan 1945 
End service 
History

Scrapped 3 May 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Welcome (J 386)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Downing, RNVR29 Nov 194423 Jul 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Gentle, RNR23 Jul 1945Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Welcome include:


21 Mar 1945
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Mounsey, HMS Loch Glendhu (Lt.Cdr. E.G.P.B. Knapton, RN), HMS Welcome (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Downing, RNVR) and HMS Felicity (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.F. Harmer-Elliot, RNVR). (1)

25 Mar 1945
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Tobermory. These were followed by A/S exercises with HMS Welcome (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Downing, RNVR) and HMS Felicity (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.F. Harmer-Elliot, RNVR). (1)

26 Mar 1945
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Welcome (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Downing, RNVR), HMS Felicity (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.F. Harmer-Elliot, RNVR), HMSAS Natal (T/Lt.Cdr. D.A. Hall, DSC, SANF(V)) and HMS Trondra (T/Lt. W.R. Russell, RNVR).

Upon completion of these exercises O 23 proceeded to Loch Alsh. (1)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6428 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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