Allied Warships

HMS Folkestone (L 22 / U 22)

Sloop of the Folkestone class

HMS Folkestone as seen during the war.

Photo Courtesy of Graham White.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 22 / U 22 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Feb 1929 
Laid down21 May 1929 
Launched12 Feb 1930 
Commissioned25 Jun 1930 
End service 

Sold 22 May 1947.

HMS Folkestone is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List


Commands listed for HMS Folkestone (L 22 / U 22)

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1Lt.Cdr. Charles Fraser Harrington Churchill, RNOct 193912 Jul 1941
2A/Cdr. David Edward Gillespie Wemyss, RN12 Jul 194119 Jun 1942
3Cdr. (retired) James Geoffrey Clemons Gibson, OBE, RN19 Jun 194214 Nov 1944
4Cdr. (retired) Cyril John Percy Hill, RN14 Nov 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Folkestone include:

17 Oct 1940
HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) picks up 7 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Dokka that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 60°46'N, 16°30'W by German U-boat U-93.

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