Allied Warships

HMS Saladin (H 54)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty S 
PennantH 54 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
OrderedApr 1917 
Laid down10 Sep 1917 
Launched17 Feb 1919 
Commissioned11 Apr 1919 
End service 
History

HMS Saladin is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 29 June 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Saladin (H 54)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Laurence James Dover, RN31 Jul 193912 Dec 1941
2Lt.Cdr. George Victor Legassick, RNR12 Dec 194131 Jan 1943
3Lt. Allen Augustus Diggens, DSC, RN31 Jan 194320 Sep 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Philip Geoffrey Colet King, RNVR20 Sep 19434 Oct 1944
5Lt. John Edwin Dyer, DSC, RN4 Oct 1944early 1945

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Notable events involving Saladin include:


12 Oct 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Cumberbatch, RN) departed Dundee for Portland. She made part of the passage in convoy FS 20. During passage through the Channel she was escorted by HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) and later by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (1)

3 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Portsmouth for passage to Rosyth. She made the passage together with HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN). They were escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN).

In the afternoon they put into Sheerness to await a convoy for onward passage. (2)

27 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea. Tribune is escorted to the North Goodwin light vessel by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). From there HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Courthope-Munroe, RN) will take over. (3)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) until 0900/21 when HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN) took over the escort. (4)

9 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (5)

28 Feb 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (6)

28 Feb 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (7)

28 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 44].

[For the month of March and April 1941 there are no logs available of HMS H 44, therefore no other details of her operations can curently been given other then the 'events' listed here.] (8)

6 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.E.J. Eames, RN) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (9)

28 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN), USS Bristol, USS Buck and USS Edison. (10)

29 May 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. Upon completion of these exercises she departed together with the escort destroyer HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) to cover a minelaying force made up of the cruiser minelayer HMS Adventure (Capt. N.V. Grace, RN), the auxiliary minelayers HMS Southern Prince, HMS Agamemnon (Capt. (Retd.) F. Ratsey, RN), HMS Port Quebec (A/Capt. (Retd.) V. Hammersley-Heenan, RN) and HMS Menestheus (Capt.(Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN) and their escorts the destroyers HMS St. Marys (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN), HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR) that were to undertake minelaying operation SN 72. (11)

7 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bredon (T/Lt. J.R. Fradgeley, RNVR) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RD, RNR). (12)

8 Jun 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, RN) departed Rothesay for Sheerness. She took passage south through the Irish Sea together with HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN). (13)

12 Jun 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, RN) shifted from Falmouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN) until 1000 hours when Notre Dame de France (A/Skr.Lt. J. Coxall, RNR) took over the escort duties. (13)

6 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Fame (Capt. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN) and HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR). (14)

20 Jul 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) and HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN) serving as targets. (15)

9 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR), HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. S. Biskupski). (16)

30 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Skate (Lt. J.C. Rushbrooke, DSC, RN), HMS Saladin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.G.C. King, RNVR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (17)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15803
  2. ADM 199/373
  3. ADM 199/1847
  4. ADM 173/16290
  5. ADM 173/16291
  6. ADM 173/16736
  7. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/16780
  9. ADM 173/16793
  10. ADM 173/17271
  11. ADM 53/116226 + ADM 199/427
  12. ADM 173/17253
  13. ADM 173/17817
  14. ADM 173/17926
  15. ADM 173/17886
  16. ADM 173/17786
  17. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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