Allied Warships

HMS Hursley (L 84)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 84 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down21 Dec 1940 
Launched25 Jul 1941 
Commissioned2 Apr 1942 
End serviceDec 1943 

Transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy in December 1943 being renamed Kriti.
Returned to the Royal Navy 12 November 1959.
Scrapped in 1960.

Career notesTo the Royal Hellenic Navy as Kriti

Commands listed for HMS Hursley (L 84)

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1Lt. William John Patrick Church, DSC, RN3 Feb 1942Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Hursley include:

14 Jan 1943
While detached from escorting convoy ME-15 off Malta HMS Hursley (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN) together with HMS Pakenham (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and a Beaufort of No.39 Squadron sank the Italian submarine Narvalo (Lt.Cdr. Ludovico Grion) (810 tons) south-east of Malta. Aboard the submarine, who is returning to Italy from a supply mission to North Africa, there are 11 English officers who are prisoners of war, 8 of them went down with the Narvalo along with 28 Italians. (1)

19 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-562 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Benghazi, in position 32°57'N, 20°54'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Isis (Lt.Cdr. D.R. Mitchell, RN) and the British escort destroyer HMS Hursley (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN), after being located by a British Wellington aircraft (38 Sqn RAF/S).


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