HMS Bideford (L43)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Bideford.
HMS Bideford 1941 IWM FL 2040.jpg
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Bideford
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 10 June 1930
Launched: 1 April 1931
Completed: 27 November 1931
Commissioned: 23 February 1932
Identification: Pennant number: L43 (later U43)
Motto: 'Bide your time'
Honours and
Atlantic 1939-45
Dunkirk 1940
North Africa 1942
Biscay 1943
English Channel 1945
Fate: Sold for scrapping on 14 July 1949
Badge: On a Field Blue, a Bridge silver, beneath it a ship silver upon 2 wavelets gold and green.
General characteristics
Class and type: Shoreham-class sloop
Displacement: 1,150 tons
Length: 281 ft (86 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbines
two shafts
2,000 shp (1,500 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 95

HMS Bideford was a Royal Navy Shoreham-class sloop. She was named after the town of Bideford in Devon and was launched on 1 April 1931.

Bideford served in the Second World War. In May 1940 she helped in the Dunkirk evacuation, in which her stern was badly damaged. The River-class gunboat HMS Locust towed her back to Dover, which took 30 hours and ended on 31 May.

Bideford was used in anti-submarine sweeps and as a convoy escort in the North Atlantic. She rescued 63 survivors of the torpedoed MV Edward Blyden on 3 September 1941 and 31 from MV Abosso on 31 October 1942. In August 1943 while serving with the 40th Escort Group in the Bay of Biscay, Bideford was damaged by a Henschel Hs 293 guided missile.

Bideford survived the war and was scrapped in 1949.

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