Allied Warships

HMS Opportune (G 80)

Destroyer of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassO 
PennantG 80 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Sep 1939 
Laid down28 Mar 1940 
Launched21 Feb 1942 
Commissioned14 Aug 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Milford Haven on 25 November 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Opportune (G 80)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Manley Lawrence Power, OBE, RN9 Jun 194226 Sep 1942
2Cdr. John Lee-Barber, DSO, RN26 Sep 194214 Aug 1944
3Cdr. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, VC, RN14 Aug 19444 Sep 1945
4Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN4 Sep 1945Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Opportune include:


29 Aug 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Onslow (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Opportune (Cdr. M.L. Power, OBE, RN). (1)

2 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These exercises included a practice attack on the battleship HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) and her screen of six destroyers; HMS Onslow (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. M.L. Power, OBE, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (2)

30 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN). (3)

12 May 1943
German U-boat U-456 was almost certainly sunk in an diving accident on 12 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 46°39'N, 26°54'W, while facing the British destroyer HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) after being badly damaged by a Fido homing torpedo from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86/B).

3 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN). (4)

15 Jan 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Opportune (Cdr. R.E.D. Ryder, VC, RN), HMS Cavendish (Cdr. R.H. Maurice, DSO, RN) and HMS Cavalier (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, RN). (5)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17240
  2. ADM 173/17241
  3. ADM 173/17792
  4. ADM 173/18214
  5. 2.12.03.7152 (Dutch Archives, The Hague)

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


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