HMS Jersey (F72)

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HMS Jersey before pennant change
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Jersey (F72)
Builder: J. Samuel White and Company
Laid down: 20 September 1937
Launched: 26 September 1938
Commissioned: 28 April 1939
Fate: Struck by a mine 2 May 1941
Status: Sunk
General characteristics
Class & type: J-class destroyer

HMS Jersey (F72) was a J-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down by J. Samuel White and Company at Cowes on the Isle of Wight on 20 September 1937, launched on 26 September 1938 and commissioned on 28 April 1939.

On 7 December 1939 Jersey was torpedoed off Haisborough Sands by the German destroyer Erich Giese, which was returning unseen from laying a minefield. Ten ship's company were killed and extensive damage caused. Jersey was towed to the Humber for repairs and did not return to her flotilla until 28 October 1940.

Jersey struck an Italian aircraft-dropped mine off Malta's Grand Harbour on 2 May 1941 and sank next to the Grand Harbour breakwater.[1]

Thirty-five crew members were killed.[2]


  1. ^ Our Name Wasn't Written,p96, Caroline Vernon, 1992, Imagecraft, Canberra (2nd Ed), ISBN 0-646-07198-X
  2. ^ SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2, by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd)

Coordinates: 35°54′N 14°31.4′E / 35.900°N 14.5233°E / 35.900; 14.5233