HMS Salisbury (I 52)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Mare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||25 Apr 1918|
|Launched||14 Jan 1919|
|Commissioned||5 Dec 1940|
|End service||10 Dec 1943|
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 name||USS Claxton (DD 140)|
Commands listed for HMS Salisbury (I 52)
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|1||Cdr. Eric George Anderson Clifford, RN||5 Dec 1940||26 Feb 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Marcus Henry Reginald Crichton, RN||26 Feb 1941||2 Oct 1942|
|3||Cdr. Charles Graham Thompson, OBE, RN||2 Oct 1942||Jan 1943|
|4||Cdr. Bernard Jasper de St. Croix, RN||Jan 1943||Aug 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Frank Capel Layard, DSO, RN||Aug 1943||early 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)
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). (2)
- File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)