Allied Warships

HMS Hostile (H 55)

Destroyer of the H class

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2877

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 55 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered5 Sep 1934 
Laid down27 Feb 1935 
Launched24 Jan 1936 
Commissioned10 Sep 1936 
Lost23 Aug 1940 
Loss position36° 53'N, 11° 19'E

On 23 August 1940 HMS Hostile (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) ran into minefield 5.AN, laid a couple of days previously by the Italian destroyers Maestrale, Grecale, Libeccio and Scirocco. She was severly damaged and had to be sunk by HMS Hero about 20 nautical miles south-east of Cape Bon, Tunisia in position 36º53'N, 11º19'E.


Commands listed for HMS Hostile (H 55)

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1Cdr. John Piachaud Wright, RN23 Aug 193818 Jul 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN18 Jul 194023 Aug 1940

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Notable events involving Hostile include:

17 Aug 1940
In the early morning the British battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN), HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN) the British heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) escorted by the British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hostile (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) carried out a bombardment of Italian positions around the fortress of Bardia.

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