Allied Warships

HMS Olvina (FY 154)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 154 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched11 Sep 1934 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in October 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 425 tons.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Renamed Burnham in 1949.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in 1960.

 

Commands listed for HMS Olvina (FY 154)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Charles George Cuthbertson, RNR16 Oct 19399 Sep 1940
2Skr. Joseph Trone Hindmarsh Fairbairn, RNR9 Sep 194030 Apr 1941
3Skr. John Howson, RNR30 Apr 194120 Oct 1943
4Skr. Clifford George Spillings, RNR20 Oct 1943

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Notable events involving Olvina include:


16 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR) and HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (1)

18 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (1)

22 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (2)

24 Jun 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt. G. Quint, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) and HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (3)

30 Jun 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR) and HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR). (3)

15 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth where she conducted A/S exercises with HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.J. Cory, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (A/Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Olvina (Skr. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR) and HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (4)

7 Aug 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Lord Stanhope (A/Skr.Lt. W.R.A. Hicks, DSC, RNR), HMS Olvina (A/Skr.Lt. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, DSC, RNR) and Notre Dame de France (A/Skr.Lt. J. Coxall, RNR). (5)

1 Oct 1943
HMS United (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth. She was escorted in by HMS Olvina (A/Skr.Lt. J. Howson, RNR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16285
  2. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/17251
  5. ADM 173/18331
  6. ADM 199/1820

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


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