Allied Warships

HMS Arab (FY 202)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 202 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched19 Jun 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in August 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 12 September 1939.
Displacement: 531 tons.

During the Norwegian Campaign HMS Arab survived 31 bombing attacks in five days while serving in the Namsos area. On one occasion during this period her CO Lt. Stannard and two of his crew tackled for two hours a fire on the jetty caused by a bomb igniting ammunition. Part of the jetty was saved, which proved invaluable at the subsequent evacuation. Later feats included the destruction of a Nazi bomber whose pilot, thinking that he had HMS Arab at his mercy, ordered that she be steered into captivity.

Returned to her owner in November 1945.
Renamed Loch Seaforth in 1947.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Arab (FY 202)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Joseph Henry Darley Dansie, RNR23 Oct 19395 Feb 1940
2Lt. Richard Been Stannard, RNR5 Feb 1940Oct 1940
3T/Lt. Clement Archibalt Shillan, RNVROct 1940Jan 1942

4T/Lt. Frederick Molyneux Procter, RCNVR29 Mar 194218 Dec 1942
5T/Lt. John Sydney Hamilton Lloyd, RNVR18 Dec 1942late 1944
6T/Lt. Francis Henry Fryer, RNVRlate 1944

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Notable events involving Arab include:


29 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) departed from Rosyth for Gibraltar. Passage from Rosyth to the Scillies was made together with HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR) until 1930/31 when HMS Arab (Lt. R.B. Stannard, RNR) took over escort duties until 0900/2.

As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display Triad's daily positions (on a map). (1)

15 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Valorous (Lt. M.G. Macleod, RN), HMS Preston North End (T/Lt. D.K. Bennett, DSC, RNVR), HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR) and HMS Arab (T/Lt. J.S.H. Lloyd, RNVR). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1847
  2. ADM 173/19315

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


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