Allied Warships

HMS Urchin (ii) (R 99)

Destroyer of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 99 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1941 
Laid down28 Mar 1942 
Launched8 Mar 1943 
Commissioned24 Sep 1943 
End service 

Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1952-1954.

Scrapped at Troon in August 1967.


Commands listed for HMS Urchin (ii) (R 99)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Travis Beaufoy Birch, DSO, DSC, RN9 Aug 194328 Jun 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Archibald Ferguson Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR28 Jun 194419 Sep 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Denis Roy Newton Murdoch, RN19 Sep 1945mid 1946

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Notable events involving Urchin (ii) include:

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). (1)

20 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Ophelia (T/Lt. D.J. Duncan, RNVR). (2)

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). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

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  1. ADM 173/18123
  2. ADM 173/18397
  3. ADM 173/18745

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

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