Allied Warships

HMS Javelin (F 61)

Destroyer of the J class

HMS Javelin during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantF 61 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Mar 1937 
Laid down11 Oct 1937 
Launched21 Dec 1938 
Commissioned10 Jun 1939 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 11 June 1949 and scrapped at Troon, Scotland.

The ships bell belonging to HMS Javelin is presently hung at the Royal Canadian Legion Building Branch 29 in Burin, Newfoundland, Canada.

Former nameHMS Kashmir

Commands listed for HMS Javelin (F 61)

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1Cdr. Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN8 May 1939late 1940

2Lt.Cdr. George Emery Fardell, RNlate 19418 Jan 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN8 Jan 194230 Sep 1942
4Lt.Cdr. William Frank Niemann Gregory-Smith, DSO, DSC, RN30 Sep 1942Dec 1942
5Lt.Cdr. John Melvill Alliston, DSC, RNDec 1942ca. mid 43

6Lt.Cdr. Peter Barthrop North Lewis, DSC, RN23 Nov 1943ca. mid 44

7Lt.Cdr. James Bogue Marjoribanks, RN14 Nov 194417 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Javelin include:

21 Apr 1940
At 07.49 hours on 21 April 1940 the British merchant Cedarbank was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-26 north-west of Bergen in position 62°49'N, 04°10'E. 30 - survivors were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and landed at Aalesund, Norway.

28 May 1940
Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) made two trips to Dunkirk to evacuate British troops. (1)

11 Oct 1940
The battleship HMS Revenge sails from Plymouth with the destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jupiter, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jaguar and HMS Kashmir to shell the French port of Cherbourg.

29 Nov 1940
The 5th British destroyer flotilla (Capt. Lord Louis Mountbatten), HMS Javelin (flag), HMS Jupiter, HMS Kashmir, HMS Jackal and HMS Jersey encounters the German destroyers Karl Galster, Hans Lody and Richard Beitzen while these were conducting an anti-shipping raid off Plymouth. In the gun/torpedo battle that followed HMS Javelin was hit by two torpedoes, losing both her bow and stern. Only 155 feet of Javelin's original 353 foot length remained afloat and was towed back to harbour. Javelin was out of action for almost a year. (1)

5 May 1942
Took part in the landings at Madagascar. (1)

12 Aug 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded the Island of Rhodes. (1)

12 Sep 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded El-Darba. (1)

29 Dec 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Jervis (Capt. Albert Lawrence Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN).

15 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Pakenham and HMS Javelin intercept and sink the Italian Agosto Bertani (8328 GRT) south of Lampedusa.

19 Jan 1943
Javelin and HMS Kelvin on patrol from Malta intercept and sink (13) enemy ships in a night action lasting three hours. (1)

20 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin intercept a small Italian convoy off Tripoli, Libya and completely destroy it. Some 11 ships were sunk among them the small Italian minesweepers RD 31, RD 36, RD 37 and RD 39.

22 Jan 1943
With units of the East Med Fleet in a night action Bombarded the port of ZUARA. (1)

1 May 1943
Convoy escort from Alexandria to Tripoli, attacked by enemy dive bombers off Benghazi two merchant ships sunk and one damaged. (1)

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