Allied Warships

HMS Hornpipe (T 120)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 120 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down8 Dec 1939 
Launched21 May 1940 
Commissioned14 Sep 1940 
End service 

Transferred to the Italian Navy on 16 March 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Hornpipe (T 120)

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1T/Lt. John Russell Symon, RNR28 Aug 19401 Oct 1942
2T/Lt. John Gordon Aitken, RNR1 Oct 19424 Jan 1943
3Lt. Henry Legh de Legh, RNR4 Jan 1943Mar 1945
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald McNairn Teacher, RNVR1 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Hornpipe include:

4 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Hornpipe (T/Lt. J.R. Symon, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/16333

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

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