Allied Warships

HMS Termagent (R 89)

Destroyer of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 89 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered13 Mar 1941 
Laid down25 Nov 1941 
Launched22 Mar 1943 
Commissioned18 Oct 1943 
End service 

Scrapped at Dalmuir in November 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Termagent (R 89)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Percival Scatchard, DSC, RN9 Aug 1943Sep 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. David Creagh Beatty, DSC, RNSep 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Termagent include:

22 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. B. Newby, RN). (1)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN), HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Williams, RD, RNR) and HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN). (2)

21 May 1944
German U-boat U-453 was sunk in the Ionian Sea north-east of Cape Spartivento, in position 38°13'N, 16°36'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN) and HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN) and the British escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt. C.J. Bateman, RN).

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  1. ADM 173/18180
  2. ADM 173/18214

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

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