Allied Warships

HMS Salisbury (I 52)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassTown 
PennantI 52 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down25 Apr 1918 
Launched14 Jan 1919 
Commissioned5 Dec 1940 
End service10 Dec 1943 
History

USS Claxton was decommissioned on 5 December 1940, and commissioned in the Royal Navy the same day as HMS Salisbury.

HMS Salisbury arrived at Belfast, Northern Ireland, 30 December 1940 for duty with the Western Approaches Command escorting Atlantic convoys. In April and May 1942, she joined in escorting the American aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) on her two voyages to fly planes off for beleaguered Malta. Returning to the Clyde, HMS Salisbury guarded troop convoys in the Atlantic until September, when she was assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy. Based on St. John's, Newfoundland, Salisbury served on local escort duty until November 1943, when with newer escorts available, she was placed in care and maintenance status at Halifax, and paid off on 10 December 1943. She was sold for scrapping 26 June 1944 at Vancouver.

 
Former nameUSS Claxton (DD 140)

Commands listed for HMS Salisbury (I 52)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Eric George Anderson Clifford, RN5 Dec 194026 Feb 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Marcus Henry Reginald Crichton, RN26 Feb 19412 Oct 1942
3Cdr. Charles Graham Thompson, OBE, RN2 Oct 1942Jan 1943
4Cdr. Bernard Jasper de St. Croix, RNJan 1943Aug 1943
5Lt.Cdr. Arthur Frank Capel Layard, DSO, RNAug 1943early 1944

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Notable events involving Salisbury include:


16 Mar 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. H.M.R. Crichton, RN) and HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR). (1)

7 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. H.M.R. Crichton, RN). (2)

8 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Burnham (Cdr. J. Bostock, DSC, RN), HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. H.M.R. Crichton, RN), HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR), HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR) and HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) D.F. White, RNR). (2)

8 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with the Escort Group B 6 and later with HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN), USS Ready (Lt. E.C. Woodward, USN) and USS Impulse (Lt. C.M. Lyons, Jr., USN). (3)

9 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with the Escort Group B 3 and later with HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSO, DSC, RN), FFS Lobelia, HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN) and HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR). (3)

10 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Georgetown (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR), HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN), USS Temptress (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Kirvan, USN) and USS Restless (Lt. E.C. Long, USN). (3)

11 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Georgetown (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) and HMS Anemone (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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