Allied Warships

HMS Charlock (K 395)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 395 
Built byFerguson Shipbuilders. Ltd. (Port Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1942 
Laid down 
Launched16 Nov 1943 
CommissionedMar 1944 
End service 
History

On 6 June 1944, Charlock was employed as an escort vessel to the Western Task Force during the Normandy landings.

During March-April 1945, Charlock was involved in North Atlantic Allied convoy duties from St Johns to the Western Approaches. At the end of that year she arrived at Simonstown, South Africa. From 21 until 30 November she was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown.

In 1946 Charlock was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy and renamed Mahratta. In 1947 Mahratta was stranded and became a total loss.

The ships badge can still be seen displayed on the dry dock wall at the Selborne dry dock, with the inscription “Semper Paratus”.

 

Commands listed for HMS Charlock (K 395)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. John Enda Bernard Healy, RNVR1 Dec 19438 Apr 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Frederick George Watts, RD, RNR8 Apr 19451 Jul 1945
3Lt. John Stafford Hough, DSC, RNR1 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Charlock include:


12 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMCS Mimico (T/Lt. F.J. Jones, RCNVR) and HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (1)

16 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMCS Mimico (T/Lt. F.J. Jones, RCNVR) and HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (1)

18 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (1)

20 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR) and HMNZS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Seelye, RNZNVR). (1)

1 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Camellia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Lyons, RNVR) and HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18479
  2. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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