Allied Warships

HMS Vega (L 41)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 41 
ModFast escort 
Built byDoxford Shipyard (Sunderland, U.K.) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down11 Dec 1916 
Launched1 Sep 1917 
Commissioned14 Dec 1917 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 27 November 1939. Pennant number was D 52 changed to L 41 upon completion of this reconstruction.

HMS Vega is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Vega (L 41)

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1Cdr. Cyril Ivan Horton, RN19 Sep 19394 Aug 1940
2Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN4 Aug 194030 Oct 1940
3A/Cdr. Thomas Bennett Brunton, RN30 Oct 19406 Nov 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Robert Fergus Jenks, RN6 Nov 1940late 1940

5Lt. Clement Francis Parker, RN15 Sep 194231 Mar 1943
6Lt. Charles Gerald Forsberg, RN31 Mar 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vega include:

15 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I. Horton, RN) and HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN). (1)

25 Jan 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Rosyth with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I Horton, RN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Portsmouth together with HMS Ursula (Cdr. G.C. Phillips, DSO, RN) and ORP Wilk (Lt. B. Krawczyk). They were ordered to return to Rothesay the next day due to enemy submarines operation of the east coast of the U.K. (2)

27 May 1940
In the evening, the Polish destroyer Blyskawica received orders to meet with the British destroyers HMS Gallant and HMS Vivacious to enter the small port of La Panne (in the Dunkirk area) and evacuate part of RAF personnel. Unfortunately, she failed to find her partners and didn't complete the task. Instead of this, she was ordered to enter Dunkirk harbour together with the British destroyer HMS Vega and conduct a night reconnaissance mission. The Admiralty wanted to find out, if this harbour (partially blocked by wrecks) may be useful in Allied evacuation. Both destroyers were attacked by two German aircraft, but inspected the positions of wrecks. After that, Admiral Ramsey learned that navy vessels are able to conduct evacuation from Dunkirk and sent part of them there. (3)

11 Nov 1940
HMS Vega (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Jenks, RN) was damaged when she hit a mine near Harwich (off Sunk Head). Repairs were only completed on 14 November 1942 !

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  1. ADM 173/15690
  2. ADM 173/16301
  3. Personal communication

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

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