Allied Warships

HMS Acasta (H 09)

Destroyer of the A class

HMS Acasta before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 09 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered6 Mar 1928 
Laid down13 Aug 1928 
Launched8 Aug 1929 
Commissioned11 Feb 1930 
Lost8 Jun 1940 

HMS Acasta (Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd, RN) was sunk on 8 June 1940 while defending the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious from the German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. There was only 1 survivor.


Commands listed for HMS Acasta (H 09)

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1Cdr. Percy James Oliver, RNAug 193928 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd, RN28 Nov 19398 Jun 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Acasta include:

4 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) departed Plymouth for an anti-submarine patrol. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Acasta (Cdr. P.J. Oliver, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN).

At sea they were joined by HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Woodhall, RN) which attacked a submarine contact around 1915 hours near Plymouth. The contact appears to have been bogus.

The force returned to Plymouth later the same day.

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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