HMS Gurkha (G63)

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Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Gurkha (G63)
Ordered: 31 March 1938
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead
Laid down: 18 October 1938
Launched: 8 July 1940
Commissioned: 18 February 1941
Fate: Sunk, 17 Jan 1942
General characteristics
Class & type: L-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,920 tons
Complement: 230


HMS Gurkha (F63/G63) was an L-class destroyer in Britain's Royal Navy during World War II. She was originally to be named Larne in line with her class letter. However after the Tribal-class Gurkha was sunk in April 1940 the officers and men of the Gurkha Regiments each subscribed one day's pay to replace her and Larne was renamed before launching.

Her only commanding officer (Commander C N Lentaigne) was brother of Joe Lentaigne who was an officer in the 4th (Prince of Wales' Own) Gurkhas.

She was laid down on 18 October 1938, launched on 8 July 1940 by Mary, daughter of Winston Churchill, and completed on 18 February 1941.

She fought at the Lofoten Islands (1941), guarded Malta Convoys (1941), destroyed the Italian submarine Adua, and guarded United Kingdom to Gibraltar convoys.

She was torpedoed by U-133 off Sidi Barrani on 17 January 1942 and sank after 90 minutes. The surviving crew members were saved by the Dutch destroyer Isaac Sweers. Coordinates: 31°50′N 26°15′E / 31.833°N 26.250°E / 31.833; 26.250[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HMS Gurkha (II)(G63) of the Royal Navy". U Boat.net. Retrieved 18 January 2013.