Allied Warships

HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)

Destroyer of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassS 
PennantG 72 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Jan 1941 
Laid down16 Jun 1941 
Launched26 Aug 1942 
Commissioned11 Mar 1943 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 1 October 1945 being renamed Kortenaer.
Scrapped in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN5 Apr 1943Oct 1944
2Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RNOct 1944ca 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 conductd attack exercises on the ‘battlefleet’. (1)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN).

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). (2)

17 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (3)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18159
  2. ADM 173/18123
  3. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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