Allied Warships

HMS Delphinium (K 77)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 77 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down31 Oct 1939 
Launched6 Jun 1940 
Commissioned15 Nov 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Delphinium is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Scrapped at Pembroke Dock in February 1949.

 

Commands listed for HMS Delphinium (K 77)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Robert Lees Spalding, RN18 Sep 194027 Mar 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Vivian Funge Smith, DSO, RD, RNR27 Mar 1943Sep 1944
3T/Lt. Sidney Rule, RNVRSep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Delphinium include:


10 Mar 1941
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) arrived at Gibraltar. She is escorted in by the British corvette HMS Delphinium (Cdr.(Retd.) R.L. Spalding, RN). (1)

3 Feb 1942
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr.(Retd.) R.L. Spalding, RN) and HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR). (2)

16 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr.(Retd.) R.L. Spalding, RN) and HMS Hyacinth (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR). (3)

8 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr.(Retd.) R.L. Spalding, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1879
  2. ADM 173/17356
  3. ADM 173/17329
  4. ADM 173/17330

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


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