Allied Warships

HMS Gavotte (T 115)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
ClassDance 
PennantT 115 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down8 Dec 1939 
Launched7 May 1940 
Commissioned24 Aug 1940 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Italian Navy in March 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Gavotte (T 115)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Cyril Stewart Tennent, RNVR19 Aug 194021 Oct 1940
2T/Lt. Stanley Martin Booker, RNVR21 Oct 194025 Aug 1942
3T/Lt. Dennis Bates, RNR26 Aug 1942late 1943
4T/Lt. William Alan Swain, RNVRlate 1943

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Notable events involving Gavotte include:


24 May 1943

Convoy ET 21.

This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.

No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.

On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).

HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.

The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).

Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (1)

10 Jul 1943
At 0011 hours, HMS Unison (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN), sighted the convoy and, her duty done, returned to Malta in company of the armed trawler HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR).

Sources

  1. ADM 199/639

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


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