Allied Warships

HMS Vizalma (FY 286)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 286 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched11 Apr 1940 
CommissionedAug 1940 
End service 

Displacement: 608 tons.

Sold in December 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston on 4 November 1964.


Commands listed for HMS Vizalma (FY 286)

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1T/Lt. Ronald Ian Taylor McEwan, RNR6 Aug 194015 Nov 1940
2T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR15 Nov 19403 Sep 1941
3T/A/Lt. John Reginald Anglebeck, RNVR3 Sep 1941early 1943

4T/Lt. Basil James, RNVR26 May 1943

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Notable events involving Vizalma include:

27 Feb 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (1)

23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (2)

5 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR) and HMS Vizalma (T/A/Lt. J.R. Anglebeck, RNVR). (3)

1 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vizalma (T/A/Lt. J.R. Anglebeck, RNVR) and HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/16736
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16742
  4. ADM 173/16787

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

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