Allied Warships

HMS Ulster (R 83)

Destroyer of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 83 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered12 Jun 1941 
Laid down12 Nov 1941 
Launched9 Nov 1942 
Commissioned30 Jun 1943 
End service 

Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1953-1956.

Scrapped in 1981.


Commands listed for HMS Ulster (R 83)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Spooner Donald, DSC, RN4 May 194325 Oct 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Ronald John Hanson, DSO, DSC, RN25 Oct 194412 Jun 1945
3Lt. John Trevor Kay, RN12 Jun 19454 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Ulster include:

11 Dec 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Ulster (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (1)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Ulster (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO, DSC, RN) was damaged by a Japanese Kamikaze aircraft while operating with the British Pacific Fleet off Okinawa. Ulster was towed to Leyte by the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN).

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 173/18745

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

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