Allied Warships

HMS Kandahar (F 28)

Destroyer of the K class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassK 
PennantF 28 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down18 Jan 1938 
Launched21 Mar 1939 
Commissioned10 Oct 1939 
Lost20 Dec 1941 
History

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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1Cdr. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, RN31 Aug 193920 Dec 1941

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Notable events involving Kandahar include:


18 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and MA/SB's. (1)

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.

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


The Kellys

Langtree, Christopher


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15688

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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