HMS Sabre (H 18)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Laid down||10 Sep 1917|
|Launched||23 Sep 1918|
|Commissioned||9 Nov 1918|
Completed by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)
Served as a target ship before the Second World War.
Took part in the Dunkirk evacuation during late May / early June 1940.
In late 1940 Sabre was modified as escort. Equipped with 14-charge pattern depth-charge arrangements, both the after 4" guns and the torpedo tubes were landed, one 12pdr.(AA) and 8-.5" (AA) (2x4) were added. Radar type 286 and later 291 were added. Later in the war four single 20mm.(AA) mountings eventually supplanted the .5" AA mountings.
Sold to be broken up for scrap in November 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Sabre (H 18)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Brian Dean, RN||15 Nov 1937||11 Jan 1941|
|2||Lt. Sir Peter William Gretton, DSC, RN||11 Jan 1941||11 Feb 1942|
|3||Lt. Reginald Lacey Caple, DSC, RN||11 Feb 1942||Jul 1943|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. The Hon. Grenville Howard, RNVR||Jul 1943||Jun 1944|
|5||Lt. Thomas Cumming, RN||Jun 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Sabre include:
13 Oct 1939
While at Rosyth HMS Sabre (Lt.Cdr. B. Dean, RN) is heavily damaged when she is rammed by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay. Sabre was under repair to 6 May 1940.
31 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-87 torpedoed and damaged the British merchant Cardita about 110 nautical miles bearing 307 from St.Kilda in position 59°18'N, 12°50'W. The vessel foundered in 3 January 1942 in position in 59°42'N, 11°58'W.
HMS Sabre (Lt. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN) later picks up 10 of the crew.