HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)
Destroyer of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||16 Jun 1941|
|Launched||26 Aug 1942|
|Commissioned||11 Mar 1943|
Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 1 October 1945 being renamed Kortenaer.
Commands listed for HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN||5 Apr 1943||Oct 1944|
|2||Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN||Oct 1944||ca mid 45|
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Notable events involving Scorpion (ii) include:
24 May 1943
In the morning, HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN), conducted A/S exercises with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN). During the evening she conducted attack exercises on the ‘battlefleet’. (1)
25 Jul 1943
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Port H.H.Z. (Loch Cairnbawn) where she was to participate in special trials.
The destroyers returned to Scapa Flow later the same day. (2)
17 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN). (3)
Upon completion of the exercises Storm departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with the British submarine HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) and the Dutch submarine HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN). They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)
18 Apr 1945
At 0341 hours, HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN), was illuminated by friendly destroyers that were operating in the area. HMS Varne was out of position and did not identify herself before crash diving. She was lucky not to be depth charged.
The friendly destroyers encountered were HMS Scorpion (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN). They were on operation 'Invective', an anti-shipping raid. (6)
- ADM 173/18159
- ADM 53/117882 + ADM 199/632
- ADM 173/18123
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19410
- ADM 199/1815
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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