Allied Warships

HMS Jaunty (W 30)

Rescue Tug of the Assurance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
PennantW 30 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down15 Feb 1941 
Launched11 Jun 1941 
Commissioned7 Nov 1941 
End service 

HMRT Jaunty was sold on 21 December 21 1966.


Commands listed for HMS Jaunty (W 30)

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1T/Lt. William Sutton Lowrey, DSC, RNR???Aug 1945
2T/Lt. Carlton Arthur Hire, RNRAug 194520 Jul 1946

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Notable events involving Jaunty include:

22 Dec 1941
Left Scapa Flow with other British warships to take part in Operation Anklet, the British Commando raid on the Lofoten (northern Norway).

11 Aug 1942
HMS Jaunty, HMS Laforey and HMS Lookout rescued 927 survivors from HMS Eagle after she was torpedoed and sunk by U-73.

1 Nov 1943
On 19 September 1943 the British battleship HMS Warspite was hit by a German FX1400 guided bomb and near-missed by a second. The ship was heavily damaged. She was towed by the U.S.N. tugs to Malta arriving there on 19 September. After emergency repairs she was towed to Gibraltar by HMS Jaunty.

5 Jun 1944
HMRT Jaunty was active in carrying out convoy duty in the English Channel and then took part in towing casions from East India Docks to Beachy head for what would subsequently be the Mulberry Harbour. HMS Jaunty was assigned to rescue and was on the first wave of the D-Day landings leaving the Solent on 5 June 1944. She played an active part in pre-landings off Arromanches, Normandy. After seven months on the France and Germany campaign Jaunty returned to rescue duty in North Atlantic convoys until the end of hostilities in Europe. She escorted surrendered German U-Boats to Loch Eriboll. In October 1945 she towed a Floating crane to Ceylon and spent the next year in the Far East as part of SEAC. She paid-off at Harwich on January 1947. (1)


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