HMS Richmond (G 88)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Mare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||10 Jul 1917|
|Launched||15 Dec 1917|
|Commissioned||26 Nov 1940|
|End service||16 Jul 1944|
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 name||USS Fairfax (DD 93)|
|Career notes||to Soviet Union as USSR Zivuchij|
Commands listed for HMS Richmond (G 88)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Francis Llewellyn Evans, RN||Jan 1941||Aug 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. (retired) William Anthony Moens, RN||Aug 1941||15 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN||15 Jan 1942||mid 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Cyril Stevens Woolley, RNR||10 Dec 1942||early 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Thomas Morgan, RNVR||20 Mar 1943||early 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)
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)
- File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17271
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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