HMS Achates (1930) DD  (5th)

This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Achates was an A Class, destroyer.

Built by John Brown on the Clyde, laid down 11-Sep-1928, launched 04-Oct-1929, commissioned 27-Mar-1930.

On commissioning Achates joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.

The start of WW2, saw her in the Channel with the 18th Flotilla. Then in Feb-1940 moved to the Home Fleet for the Norwegian Campaign.

Early 1941 was with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in Home waters, and in May-1941 escorted Hood and Prince of Wales during Bismarck operations. Struck a mine off Iceland Jul-1941 and was badly damaged. Was towed by her sister ship Anthony to Seidesfjord.

Repairs at Swan Hunter took from Sep-1941 to Mar-1942. On return to service formed part of the escort for arctic convoys PQ16 and 18.

Then Nov-1942 it was to North Africa for the invasion there.

After which it was back to Russian convoy work. On 31-Dec -1942 while escorting convoy JW51B in the Barents Sea was sunk by Admiral Hipper.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1940-42, 'Bismarck' 1941, North Africa 1942, Arctic 1942, Barents Sea 1942.


Other HMS Achates
- 1st  HMS Achates
- 2nd HMS Achates
- 3rd HMS Achates
- 4th HMS Achates
- 5th HMS Achates
- 6th HMS Achates

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This page last edited - 23 April, 2013.

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