HMS Rochester (1932) SL  (4th)

This the fourth ship to carry the name HMS Rochester was a Shoreham Class (1931) escort sloop.

Built at Chatham Dockyard, laid down 24-Nov-1930, 16-Jul-1931 and completed 31-Mar-1932.

On commissioning went to the Africa Station until Jun-1934 when she returned to the UK at Sheerness. Then it was out to Simonstown until Jun-1939 when she went to the Gulf from Sep to Oct-1939.

Convoy service in the Atlantic followed until mid-1942 when she took part in Operation Torch, the North Africa landings. She returned to the Atlantic until mid 1944 when she took part in the Normandy landings Jun-1944. Service in the Channel Approaches and Bay of Biscay lasted until Oct-1944.

Her war service ended then, during which she attacked and damaged U-94 on 07-May-1941, and sank U-204 on 19-Oct-1941, U-82 on 06-Feb-1942, U-213 on 31-Jul-1942, and U-135 on 15-Jul-1943.

Then refitted on the Tyne from Nov-1944 to Feb-1945, moved to Portsmouth and continued refitting from Mar to Jul-1945. She emerged disarmed for use as a training ship and was used in this capacity until Sep-1949 when she was listed for sale.

transferred to BISCO Jan-1951 and broken up on the Tyne 14-Feb-1951.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-44, North Africa 1942 and Normandy 1944.


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

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This page last edited - 14 June, 2012.

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