HMS Fareham (J 89)
Minesweeper of the Hunt class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Dunlop Bremner & Co. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Launched||7 Jun 1918|
HMS Fareham was laid up in reserve at Singapore when the Second World War started
Became a base ship in 1944 being renamed St. Angelo II.
Commands listed for HMS Fareham (J 89)
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|1||Lt. William Ashton, RN||Oct 1939||28 Dec 1939|
|2||Lt. William John Patrick Church, RN||28 Dec 1939||24 Aug 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Norman Herbert Barton Bloye, RNR||24 Aug 1941||Aug 1942|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Silvester Warren, RNR||Aug 1942||???|
|5||T/Lt. George Gordon Chisholm, RNVR||???||Mar 1945|
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Notable events involving Fareham include:
12 Feb 1941
Clearence of Benghazi harbour.
12 February 1941. At 0730/12, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) departed Alexandria to make rendez-vous in position 34°00'N, 21°00'E with the Aegean Force.
The Aegean force, made up of HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN), HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.G. Egerton, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) departed Suda Bay at 1700/12 to make this rendez-vous.
The whole of this force was to cover the entry of the Inshore Squadron into Benghazi, advancing into the Gulf of Sirte at night and to retire towards Crete by day.
HMS Aphis (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.O. Campbell, DSC, RN) entered Benghazi during daylight on the 12th.
HMS Chakla (Cdr. L.C. Bach, RD, RNR), HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN), HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN), HMS Fareham (Lt. W.J.P. Church, RN), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO, RN) and HMS Hyacinth (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR) left Tobruk at 0730/12 to reach Benghazi early on the 13th. (1)
- ADM 53/113721 + ADM 53/115234
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.