HMS Codrington (D 65)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||29 May 1928|
|Laid down||20 Jun 1928|
|Launched||8 Aug 1929|
|Commissioned||4 Jun 1930|
|Lost||27 Jul 1940|
HMS Codrington proved to be a fast ship, reaching 37.7 knots on a displacement of 1.674 tons with 39.257shp during 6-hour full-power trials, but her gearing was noisy and had to be re-cut before final acceptance. Also Codrington had a large turing circle.
HMS Codrington (Capt. George Frederick Stevens-Guille, OBE, DSO, RN) was sunk at Dover by German aircraft on 27 July 1940.
Commands listed for HMS Codrington (D 65)
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|1||Capt. David James Robert Simson, RN||24 Aug 1939||26 Nov 1939|
|2||Cdr. Caspar Silas Balfour Swinley, RN||26 Nov 1939||8 Feb 1940|
|3||Capt. George Elvey Creasy, RN||8 Feb 1940||16 May 1940|
|4||Capt. George Frederick Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN||16 May 1940||27 Jul 1940|
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Notable events involving Codrington include:
21 Sep 1939
HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN), HMS Codrington (Capt. D.J.R. Simson, RN), HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) departed Dover for a sweep towards the Dutch coast to intercept German shipping. (1)
22 Sep 1939
While returning from their fruitless sweep towards the Dutch coast, HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN), HMS Codrington (Capt. D.J.R. Simson, RN), HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) provided cover for convoy FN 9 which was a large convoy on passage from Southend to Methil.
They escorted the convoy until shortly before midnight when they turned south. (1)
22 May 1940
During 22 - 24 May 1940, HMS Salmon (Cdr. E.O. Bickford, DSO, RN), assisted trawler Barbados in the attempted cutting of an underwater cable between the Netherlands and the U.K. (Operation Lamp). The operation was covered by the British destroyers HMS Codrington (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine RN). The operation was not successful. (2)
27 Jul 1940
Sunk in secret losses due to marine hazards and during air-raids on harbours. Loss announced, in UK, 18 May 1945 (3)
- ADM 53/107790
- ADM 199/373
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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