Allied Warships

HMS Whelp (R 37)

Destroyer of the W class

HMS Whelp postwar

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 37 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1941 
Laid down1 May 1942 
Launched3 Jun 1943 
Commissioned25 Apr 1944 
End service 

Sold to South Africa in early 1952 being renamed Simon van der Stel.  

Commands listed for HMS Whelp (R 37)

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1Cdr. George Anthony Francis Norfolk, RN28 Feb 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Whelp include:

27 Mar 1972
Paid off into reserve. Broken up at Durban 1976 (1)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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