Allied Warships

HMS Savage (G 20)

Destroyer of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassS 
PennantG 20 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Jan 1941 
Laid down7 Dec 1941 
Launched24 Sep 1942 
Commissioned8 Jun 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Newport 11 April 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Savage (G 20)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Roderick Cosmo Gordon, DSO, RN15 Mar 194311 Dec 1943
2Cdr. Michael Donston Capel Meyrick, RN11 Dec 1943Jun 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Charles Wickham Malins, DSO, DSC, RNJun 194429 Aug 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Eric George May, DSC, RN29 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Savage include:


18 Jun 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN) and HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Hayling. (T/Lt. G.B. Christie, RNR) and HMS Bootle (Lt. A. Ecclestone, RN). (1)

19 Jun 1943
During the morning, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), carries out A/S exercises with HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN) and HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN).

During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN). (2)

21 Jun 1943
During the morning, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), carries out A/S exercises with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Talybont (Lt. E.F. Baines, DSO, RN).

During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, DSC, RN). (2)

25 Jun 1943
During the morning, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), carries out A/S exercises with HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN) and HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN).

During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with local small craft. (2)

23 Oct 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN), HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN) and USS Capps (Lt.Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN). (3)

20 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN). (4)

25 Jan 1944
HMS Savage (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, DSO, RN) picks up 56 survivors from the American merchant Penelope Barker that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-278 about 115 nautical miles from the North Cape in position 73°22'N, 22°30'E.

10 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). (5)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN). (6)

24 Apr 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducts exercises with HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess). (7)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18374
  2. ADM 173/18284
  3. ADM 173/18313
  4. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/19580
  6. ADM 173/19572
  7. ADM 173/20040

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


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