HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)
Sloop of the Falmouth class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 51 / U 51|
|Built by||Devonport dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||16 Mar 1931|
|Laid down||14 Sep 1931|
|Launched||11 Jun 1932|
|Commissioned||22 Dec 1932|
Sold 3 June 1949.
Commands listed for HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)
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|1||Capt. Robert Lionel Brooke Cunliffe, RN||29 Dec 1937||21 Oct 1939|
|2||Capt. Robert John Shaw, RN||21 Oct 1939||3 Aug 1940|
|3||Capt. (retired) Sydney Keith Smyth, RN||3 Aug 1940||22 Feb 1941|
|4||Cdr. (retired) the Hon. Valentine Maurice Wyndham-Quin, RN||22 Feb 1941||Early 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Gerald MacClelland, RN||Early 1943||Jan 1944|
|6||Lt. John Bryant, RNR||Jan 1944||6 Mar 1944|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Gerald Gordon Slade, RN||6 Mar 1944||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Milford include:
28 Mar 1938
HMS Milford (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN) anchored off Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and claimed the island for Britain.
8 Nov 1940
HMS Milford (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN (retired)) is torpedoed by the Vichy French submarine Poncelet north of Port Gentil. The torpedo however did not explode. Poncelet is damaged by depth charges from Milford and is scuttled by her own crew in position 00°20'S, 08°50'E. (1)
30 Mar 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to participate in a special operation (Operation Grab) in which four Italian submarines coming from the Red Sea and their German supply vessel/tanker were to be intercepted. The British had discovered where these ships were to make rendez-vous though 'Ultra' (code breaking) and decided to spoil 'the party'.
Besides HMS Severn the armed merchant cruiser HMS Alcantara (Capt. (Retd.) J.G.P. Ingham, DSO, RN) and the sloops HMS Milford (Cdr. (Retd.) the Hon. V.M. Wyndham-Quin, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (A/Cdr. (Retd.) H.F.G. Leftwich, RN) were also involved in this operation. (2)
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/16980 + ADM 199/1886
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.