HMS Orwell (1942) DD  (3rd)

This the third ship to carry the name HMS Orwell was the O Class, destroyer leader.

Built by Thornycroft, laid down 16-May-1940, launched 02-Apr-1942, and commissioned 07-Oct-1942.

Spent the remainder of 1942 on Russian convoy work.

At the end of 1942 in company with her sister ships Onslow, Obedient and Obdurate saw action against the German ships, Admiral Hipper and Lutzow, while defending a Russian convoy.

1943 was spent in the Atlantic with the 3rd or 5th Support Groups. Then late in the year too part in operations which ended in the sinking of the German ship Scharnhorst. She continued with Arctic duties until mid-1944. When took part in operations for the Normandy invasion. Then back to the arctic until the end of the war.

Remained in service after the war and put into reserve 1947.

Converted to a Type 16 frigate in 1952 with pennant number F98.

Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.

Paid off into reserve 1960.

Arrived at Newport for breaking up 28-Jun-1965.

Won the Battle Honours: Arctic 1942-45, Barents Sea 1942, Atlantic 1943, Normandy 1944 and Norway 1945.


Other HMS Orwell
- 1st  HMS Orwell
- 2nd HMS Orwell
- 3rd HMS Orwell
- 4th HMS Orwell

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This page last edited - 23 March, 2013.

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