HMS Azalea (K25)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Builder:||Cook, Welton & Gemmell|
|Laid down:||15 November 1939|
|Launched:||8 July 1940|
|Commissioned:||27 January 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K25|
|Fate:||Sold 5 April 1946 as mercantile Norte, and sank on 19 January 1955|
|Class & type:||Flower-class corvette|
World War II service
On 12 April 1941, Azalea and Kenogami fired a shot over the bow of the U.S.-flagged American Export liner Siboney 320 nautical miles (590 km) out of Lisbon. After crew aboard Azalea questioned Wenzel Habel, the captain of the unarmed passenger liner, Siboney was allowed to go on her way.
HMS Azalea was the sole allied warship present during the German raid on allied landing craft during Exercise Tiger off Slapton Sands, England in the early morning of 28 April 1944. Although Azalea received word via radio of the presence of German torpedo boats from naval headquarters ashore, because of a typographical error in orders, the escorted LST's did not. Azalea did not relay the notice. In the attack, three LST's were hit by torpedoes, two were sunk.
Azalea was sold on 5 April 1946 and became the merchant ship Norte. She sank on 19 January 1955.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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