Allied Warships

HMS Banff (Y 43)

Sloop of the Banff class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassBanff 
PennantY 43 
Built byGeneral Engineering & Drydock Co. (Oakland, California, U.S.A.). 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched12 Apr 1930 
Commissioned30 Apr 1941 
End service27 Feb 1946 
History

After her service with the Royal Navy she was returned to the United States on 27 February 1946 and given the name Sebec (WPG 164). She was renamed again and recommissioned as USCGC Tampa on 27 May 1947. She was decommissioned on 10 August 1954. Sold on 16 February 1959.

 
Former nameUSCGC Saranac

Commands listed for HMS Banff (Y 43)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Philip Sydney Evans, RN15 Apr 1941late 1942
2Lt. Peter Brett, RNRlate 194223 Aug 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. James D'Arcy Nesbitt, RNR23 Aug 194427 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Banff include:


25 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HNoMS Narvik and HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN). (1)

26 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) and HMS Piroutte (T/Lt. E.R. Pate, RNR). (1)

27 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) and HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR). (1)

18 Aug 1942
HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) picks up 18 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Mirlo that was torpedoed and sunk on 11 August 1942 about 870 nautical miles west-south-west of Freetown in position 06°04'N, 26°50'W by German U-boat U-130.

29 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN), HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN) and aircraft. (2)

21 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Banff (Lt. P. Brett, RNR). (3)

27 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Banff (Lt. P. Brett, RNR) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR). (4)

28 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Banff (Lt. P. Brett, RNR) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17201
  2. ADM 173/17253
  3. ADM 173/17790
  4. ADM 173/17827

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


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