HMS Kandahar (F 28)
Destroyer of the K class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Laid down||18 Jan 1938|
|Launched||21 Mar 1939|
|Commissioned||10 Oct 1939|
|Lost||20 Dec 1941|
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, DSO, DSC, RN) was scuttled on 20 December 1941 after sustaining severe damage on 19 December 1941 from a mine east off Tripoli, Libya.
Commands listed for HMS Kandahar (F 28)
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|1||Cdr. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, RN||31 Aug 1939||20 Dec 1941|
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Notable events involving Kandahar include:
23 Jun 1940
The Italian submarine Torricelli was forced to the surface and sunk off Perim in gun-battle by the British destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN), HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN) and the British sloop HMS Shoreham (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Miller, RN).
Shoreham was damaged by gunfire during this action. Repairs were made at Aden.
19 Dec 1941
While on their way to intercept an Italian convoy bound for Tripoli the British Force K (light cruisers HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN, HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN), HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN) ran into an newly laid Italian minefield. HMS Neptune and HMS Kandahar sank while HMS Aurora was badly and HMS Penelope was slightly damaged. HMS Aurora was patched up at Malta before returning home for repairs at Liverpool from April to June 1942. HMS Penelope was repaired at Malta until January 1942.
- ADM 173/15688
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.