Allied Warships

HMS Calpe (L 71)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

HMS Calpe as completed.
Photograph with thanks to the Benham Family and Carrick Watson.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 71 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down12 Jun 1940 
Launched28 Apr 1941 
Commissioned11 Dec 1941 
End service 

Sold to the Royal Danish Navy on 28 February 1952 and renamed Rolf Krake.
Scrapped in 1966 at Ystad, Sweden.


Commands listed for HMS Calpe (L 71)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Henry Wallace, RN21 Aug 194110 Oct 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN10 Oct 194231 Jan 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Alfred Thomas Morgan, RNVR31 Jan 194417 Apr 1944
4A/Lt.Cdr. Norman Frederick René Gill, RNR17 Apr 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Calpe include:

Photograph of crewmember Arthur Benham taken during basic training at HMS Pembroke shortly before being posted aboard HMS Calpe.
Photograph with thanks to the Benham Family and Carrick Watson.

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 after a 32 hour-chase in the western Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°38'N, 05°58'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).

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