Allied Warships

HMS Richmond (G 88)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassTown 
PennantG 88 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down10 Jul 1917 
Launched15 Dec 1917 
Commissioned26 Nov 1940 
End service16 Jul 1944 
History

Commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Richmond 5 December 1940. She arrived at Plymouth, England, 31 December 1940 to join the escorts sailing out of Liverpool in the Western Approaches Command. These ships guarded the movement of vital convoys through the most dangerous waters of their passage across the Atlantic. Between June and October 1941, she performed similar duty in the Newfoundland force, and from February 1942 through March, made the dangerous run to Murmansk. Her base for Atlantic escort duty between December 1942 and August 1943 was Greenock, Scotland. From august 1943 Richmond served in the Royal Canadian Navy, based at St. John's, Newfoundland, until December 1943, when with newer escorts available, she was placed in reserve in the Tyne. On 16 July 1944 she was transferred to the Russian Navy.

She was scrapped in 1949.

 
Former nameUSS Fairfax (DD 93)
Career notesto Soviet Union as USSR Zivuchij

Commands listed for HMS Richmond (G 88)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Alfred Francis Llewellyn Evans, RNJan 1941Aug 1941
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) William Anthony Moens, RNAug 194115 Jan 1942
3Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN15 Jan 1942mid 1942

4Lt.Cdr. Reginald Cyril Stevens Woolley, RNR10 Dec 1942early 1943

5Lt.Cdr. Alfred Thomas Morgan, RNVR20 Mar 1943early 1944

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Notable events involving Richmond include:


22 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Londonderry for Falmouth. She was escorted by HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. A.F.L. Evans, RN) until 1445/23 when a British trawler took over the escort until 1945/23 hours when the Dutch trawler HrMs Ymuiden (Lt. H. van Zwanenburg, RNN) took over the escort. (1)

20 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN) and HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN). (2)

22 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. A.F.L. Evans, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (A/Lt.Cdr. J.A. Woods, RCNR) and HMCS Chilliwack (T/Lt. L.L. Foxall, RCNR). (2)

27 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. A.F.L. Evans, RN), HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Waterhouse, RN) and HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN). (3)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17271

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


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