HMS Bramham (L51)

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HMS Bramham 1942 FL 2844.jpg
HMS Brahmam on the River Clyde, 1942
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Bramham (L51)
Ordered: 4 September 1940
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons
Laid down: 7 April 1941
Launched: 29 January 1942
Commissioned: 16 June 1942
Decommissioned: March 1943
Fate:

Transferred to Royal Hellenic Navy, March 1943.

Returned to Royal Navy, 12 November 1959
Status: Scrapped 1960
Career (Greece)
Name: Themistoklis
In service: 1943 - 1959
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt-class destroyer

HMS Bramham (L51) was a Hunt class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down in Alexander Stephen and Sons shipyards Govan, Scotland on 7 April 1941. She was launched on 29 January 1942 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 16 June 1942. She was one of two ships that returned to rescue the survivors of the HMS Curacoa.[1]

In the following August she served in Operation Pedestal, a mission to deliver supplies to the besieged island of Malta, as an escorting destroyer. In the last stages of the operation Bramham along with two other destroyers, Ledbury and Penn took on the final tow of the tanker SS Ohio into Malta. In March of the following year Bramham was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy and renamed Themistoklis. She served until 1959 and was then returned to the Royal Navy on 12 November 1959. She was scrapped in 1960.


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80015884 - Recollection of Edgar Wilson, Seaman serving on board HMS Curacoa, Imperial War Museum interview.