HMS Kipling (F 91)
Destroyer of the K class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Laid down||20 Oct 1937|
|Launched||19 Jan 1939|
|Commissioned||12 Dec 1939|
|Lost||11 May 1942|
HMS Kipling (Cdr. Aubrey St. Clair-Ford, DSO, RN) was bombed by German Ju 88 aircraft off Mersa Matruth in the eastern Mediterranean.
Commands listed for HMS Kipling (F 91)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Aubrey St. Clair-Ford, RN||15 Nov 1939||11 May 1942|
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Notable events involving Kipling include:
13 Sep 1940
The battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN), battleship HMS Nelson (Capt. Sir G.J.A. Miles, RN) and the light cruisers HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) and HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Rosyth. They were escorted HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. J.S. Crawford, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), and HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St. J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN). At sea they were joined by the light cruiser (AA cruiser) HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) and HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN). (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.
28 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-75 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Mersa Matruh, in position 31°50'N, 26°40'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN).
- ADM 199/379
- ADM 173/16922
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.