Allied Warships

HMS Zodiac (R 54)

Destroyer of the Z class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassZ 
PennantR 54 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Feb 1942 
Laid down7 Nov 1942 
Launched11 Mar 1944 
Commissioned23 Oct 1944 
End service 
History

Was purchased by Israel in 1955 and served in the Israeli Navy as K-42 INS Yafo until 1969. In 1970 was used as a target ship and sunk after being hit by a Gabriel missile.  

Commands listed for HMS Zodiac (R 54)

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1Lt.Cdr. Henry Richard Rycroft, DSC, RN28 Aug 194426 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Zodiac include:


15 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.L. Root, RNVR). (1)

17 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). (1)

13 Dec 1944
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted exercises off Dundee together with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). (2)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). (3)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18917
  2. File 2.12.03.5655 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/19572

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


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