Allied Warships

HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)

Destroyer of the S class

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

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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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 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.

During the passage she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Saumarez (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, DSC, RN), HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN).

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)

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). (3)

17 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (4)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Zebra (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Peake, RN) and HMS Scorpion (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN). (5)

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)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 173/18159
  2. ADM 53/117882 + ADM 199/632
  3. ADM 173/18123
  4. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/19410
  6. ADM 199/1815

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

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