Allied Warships

HMS Aberdare (J 49)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 49 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched29 Apr 1918 
Commissioned3 Oct 1918 
End service 

HMS Aberdare was laid up in reserve at Singapore when the Second World War started

HMS Aberdare is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List

Sold 13 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Aberdare (J 49)

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1Cdr. (retired) Alfred William Sprott, RN24 Sep 193913 Mar 1940
2Lt. Frank Measham Berncastle, RNOct 193913 Mar 1940
3Lt.Cdr. (emergency) George Nelson, RN13 Mar 194022 Aug 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Lionel Esworthy Foster, RNR22 Aug 19413 Dec 1941
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Harold Brittain, RNR3 Dec 19414 Oct 1942
6Cdr. Ralph Newman, DSO, RNZNVR4 Oct 1942late 1944

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Notable events involving Aberdare include:

23 May 1940
HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Moore, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore with HMS Aberdare (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) G. Nelson, RN). (1)


  1. ADM 173/16457

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

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