Allied Warships

HMS Aubretia (K 96)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 96 
Built byGeorge Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Kincaid 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down27 Oct 1939 
Launched5 Sep 1940 
Commissioned23 Dec 1940 
End service14 Jun 1945 

Decommissioned to reserve on 14 June 1945.

Sold on 29 July 1946.
Sold to Kosmos in 1948 and refitted as bouy-boat in October 1948.
Renamed Arnfinn Bergan.
Refitted to whaler in Kiel during summer of 1951.
No service during winter 1952/1953, but later in service every season until 1964/1965.
Laid up in Sandefjord from May 1965 to October 1966.
Sold to breakers in Grimstad.


Commands listed for HMS Aubretia (K 96)

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1Lt.Cdr. Vivian Funge Smith, RNROct 19408 Sep 1942
2Lt. Gerald Ducat Fowler, RNR8 Sep 194214 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Aubretia include:

9 May 1941
German U-boat U-110 was captured on 9 May 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland by the British destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. A.J.B. Cresswell, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the British corvette HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, RNR). The U-boat was allowed to sink the day after to preserve the secret capture.

HMS Aubretia also picks up 24 survivors from the British merchant Bengore Head, and 1 survivor from the British merchant Esmond, U-110's last victims.

30 Mar 1942
The British merchant Muncaster Castle that was torpedoed and sunk south-south-west of Monrovia, Liberia in position 02°02'N, 12°02'W. HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR) later picks up some of the survivors.

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