Allied Warships

HMS Aimwell (W 113)

Rescue Tug of the Favourite class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
ClassFavourite 
PennantW 113 
Built byDefoe Shipbuilding Co. (Bay City, Michigan, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched8 Apr 1942 
Commissioned6 Jun 1942 
End service 
History

Returned to the US Navy in 1946
Sold on 14 March 1948

 
Former nameBAT-7

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Notable events involving Aimwell include:


3 Oct 1944
The damaged battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for Aden. She is to proceed to the U.K. for full repairs. She is being escorted by the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, DSO, RAN), HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN), sloop HMIS Jumna ( A/Cdr. K.R.U. Todd, RIN) and the frigate HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR). The RFA tanker Arndale (8296 GRT, built 1937) is also with them to refuel the escorts as is the tug HMS Aimwell in case HMS Valiant breaks down or need assistance in steering as she is not able to steer a steady course due to the damage she had sustained. (1)

13 Oct 1944
HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, DSO, RAN), HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN), HMIS Jumna ( A/Cdr. K.R.U. Todd, RIN), HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Aimwell arrived at Aden.

The tanker Arndale had been detached on the 8th after having fuelled the escorts. (1)

14 Oct 1944
HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) departed Aden for Suez. On departed from Aden she was being escorted by the destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) until 0615C/15. The tugs HMS Aimwell and HMS Bolt were also in company until 1545C/15. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/120684

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


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