HMS Jupiter (F85)
Jupiter in August 1940, with HMS Kashmir in the background
|Builder:||Yarrow & Company|
|Laid down:||28 September 1937|
|Launched:||27 October 1938|
|Commissioned:||25 June 1939|
|Fate:||Struck a mine and sank, 27 February 1942|
|Class & type:||J-class destroyer|
Construction and design
HMS Jupiter was ordered, along with the rest of the J-class, on 25 March 1937, and was laid down by Yarrow, Limited, at their Scotstoun, Glasgow shipyard on Clydebank in Scotland on 28 September 1937 and launched on 27 October 1938. She was commissioned on 22 June 1939, and was completed on 25 June 1939, at a cost of £389,511.
As completed, Jupiter had a main gun armament of six 4.7 in (120 mm) QF Mark XII guns in three twin mountings, two forward and one aft. These guns could only elevate to an angle of 40 degrees, and so were of limited use in the anti-aircraft role, while the aft mount was arranged so that it could fire forwards over the ship's superstructure to maximise the forward firing firepower, but was therefore incapable of firing directly aft. A short range anti-aircraft armament of a four-barrelled 2 pounder "pom-pom" anti-aircraft mount and eight .50 in machine guns in two quadruple mounts was fitted, while torpedo armament consisted of ten 21 inches (533 mm) torpedo tubes in two quintuple mounts.
After commissioning, Jupiter underwent sea trials and worked up at Portland, with these activities being delayed by problems with the ship's turbines that required repair at Devonport Dockyard. Jupiter completed trials on 1 September 1939, and joined the 7th Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet, based on the Humber, in time for the British declaration of way on 3 September 1939.[a]
On 29 November 1941, the Jupiter and HMS Encounter, detached from the Mediterranean Fleet, joined up with Force G at Colombo, and the five ships sailed later that day. They rendezvoused with HMS Repulse at sea, and set course for Singapore, where they arrived on 2 December. They spent a few days there with shore leave and refit, while waiting for orders. On 1 December, it was announced that Sir Tom Phillips had been promoted to full Admiral, and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Fleet. A few days later, Repulse started on a trip to Australia with the Vampire and Tenedos, but the force was recalled. It wasn't until nine days later that Tenedos and Repulse would join Phillips' Force Z in attacking the Japanese invasion force, and he himself would perish when both Repulse and the Prince of Wales were bombed and sunk by Japanese land base bombers.
She sank the Japanese submarine I-60 on 17 January 1942. HMS Jupiter, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Norman V. J. T. Thew, RN, struck a mine as she steamed with the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA) cruiser force during the Battle of the Java Sea. She was sunk off the north Java coast in the Java Sea on 27 February 1942, at 2116 hours, by a mine laid earlier in the day by the Dutch minelayer Gouden Leeuw. Initially, the explosion was thought to have been caused by a Japanese torpedo.
The wreck has been plotted, and is described by the Admiralty as "very broken up, partly salvaged, and very close to the Java coast".
- This cost included the costs of the hull and machinery, but excluded the cost of government provided equipment such as the ship's armament and radios.
- English 2001, p. 71.
- "List of Ships and Vessels of the Royal Navy with their Officers and Present Stations: Jupiter". The Navy List: p. 300. September 1939. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- English 2001, p. 70.
- Whitley 2000, p. 117–118.
- English 2001, p. 82
- English, John (2001). Afridi to Nizam: British Fleet Destroyers 1937 – 43. Gravesend, UK: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-95-0.
- Whitley, M. J. (2000). Destroyers of World War Two: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. London: Cassell & Co. ISBN 1-85409-521-8.