HMS Penn (G77)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
HMS Penn Underway.jpg
HMS Penn underway in coastal waters.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: P-class destroyer
Name: HMS Penn
Ordered: 20 October 1939
Builder: Vickers Armstrong
Laid down: 26 December 1939
Launched: 12 February 1941
Commissioned: 10 February 1942
Identification: Pennant number: G77
Fate: Sold for scrap 30 October 1950.
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,540 tons (standard), 2,400 tons (design full), 2,625 tons (wartime full)
Length: 345 ft (105 m) o/a
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp, 2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots
Range: 3,600 nm at 14 knots
Complement: 176
  • 4 x single 4 in guns QF Mark V on mounting HA Mk.III
  • 2 x quad tube for 21 in torpedo Mk.IX
  • 1 x quad 2-pdr "pom-pom" mount Mk.VII
  • Up to 6 x single 20 mm Oerlikon guns
  • 4 x throwers and 2 x racks for 70 depth charges

HMS Penn was a P-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. Penn was ordered under the Wartime Emergency Programme, in the early part of the Second World War and was laid down at the Newcastle-on-Tyne yard of Vickers Armstrong on 26 December 1939.[1]


HMS Penn was launched on 12 February 1941. She was commissioned into the fleet on 10 February 1942.

HMS Penn was involved in Operation Pedestal, a convoy to bring much needed reinforcements to Malta. Captained by Acting Commander James Hamilton Swain, during the course of this operation, HMS Penn helped tow the damaged SS Ohio with her vital supplies of fuel into Grand Harbour, Valletta. Commander Swain was mentioned in dispatches and was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for the part he played in Operation Pedestal.

On 16/17 October 1943 HMS Penn sank, with HMS Jervis, Sub Chaser UJ-2109 ( Kriegsmarine) at Kalymnos. On 7 November 1943 HMS Penn with HMS Pathfinder sank the German submarine trap GA45 off Amorgos, Greece.

On 15 June 1945 Penn with Paladin sank a Japanese landing craft off the Northwest coast of Sumatra.

Penn was sold for scrap on 30 October 1950.

See also[edit]



  • Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1978). War Built Destroyers O to Z Classes. London: Bivouac Books. ISBN 0-85680-010-4. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1. 

"Captured British submarine chasers". Warshipsww2.Eu. Retrieved 29 June 2014.