HMS Black Swan (1940) SL  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Black Swan was the name ship of a class of four escort vessels (sloops).

Built by Yarrow, laid down 20-Jun-1938, launched 07-Jun-1939 and completed 27-Jan-1940.

On commissioning joined the Rosyth Escort Force for escort duty on the East Coast until the Norwegian Campaign. After which she returned to the East Coast.

Moved to the Atlantic Jun-1941 until Nov-1941 when she moved to the Gibraltar route. Took part in Operation Torch the North Africa landings in 1942, after which she continued escort work in the Atlantic. Assisted in sinking U-124 on 02-Apr-1943.

Moved to the Mediterranean Oct 1943 and remained there until Sep-1944. Then returned to the Atlantic and escort work until Dec-1944 when she went for refit at Leith from Dec-1944 to Apr-1945.

After additional work and training went to the Pacific Fleet and arrived at Manus Sep-1945 by which time the war had ended. Remained in the Pacific until 1952 when she returned to the UK May-1952 to be paid off into reserve.

Scrapped at Troon 13-Sep-1956.

Won the Battle Honours: Norway 1940, North Sea 1940, Atlantic 1941-43 and Korea 1950-51.


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This page last edited - 29 May, 2012.

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