HMS Zodiac (R 54)
Destroyer of the Z class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||12 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||7 Nov 1942|
|Launched||11 Mar 1944|
|Commissioned||23 Oct 1944|
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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|1||Lt.Cdr. Henry Richard Rycroft, DSC, RN||28 Aug 1944||26 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)
- ADM 173/18917
- File 2.12.03.5655 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19572
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.