Allied Warships

HMS Fareham (J 89)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 89 
Built byDunlop Bremner & Co. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Jun 1918 
CommissionedAug 1918 
End service 

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.
Sold 24 August 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Fareham (J 89)

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1Lt. William Ashton, RNOct 193928 Dec 1939
2Lt. William John Patrick Church, RN28 Dec 193924 Aug 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Norman Herbert Barton Bloye, RNR24 Aug 1941Aug 1942
4A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Silvester Warren, RNRAug 1942???

5T/Lt. George Gordon Chisholm, RNVR???Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Fareham include:

12 Feb 1941

Operation Shelford.

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)


  1. ADM 53/113721 + ADM 53/115234

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

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