HMS Godetia (K226)

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HMS Godetia
HMS Godetia Ii FL6058.jpg
HMS Godetia underway.
United Kingdom
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Name: HMS Godetia, originally Dart
Ordered: 24 August 1940
Builder: John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, England
Laid down: 15 January 1941
Launched: 24 September 1941
Commissioned: 23 February 1942
Decommissioned: October 1945
Out of service: Transferred to the Royal Navy Belgian Section[clarification needed]
Reinstated: Returned to the Royal Navy
Fate: Scrapped in 1947
Name: HMS Godetia
Acquired: 12 February 1942
Out of service: 16 December 1944
Fate: Returned to the Royal Navy
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 1,015 long tons (1,031 t) (standard)
Length: 208 ft 3 in (63.47 m) (o/a)
Beam: 33 ft 1 in (10.08 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Installed power:
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range: 3,450 nmi (6,390 km; 3,970 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × Type 123A ASDIC

HMS Godetia (pennant number: K226; originally named HMS Dart) was the second Flower-class corvette with that name built for the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War as part of the Section Belge of the Royal Navy (RNSB). With the liberation of Belgium in late 1944, the vessel was returned to the United Kingdom. In common with other Flower-class corvettes, the ship was named after an eponymous flower.

Royal Navy Belgian Section[edit]

On 12 February 1942, Godetia was transferred by the Royal Navy to the newly formed naval branch of the Belgian forces in exile, the Royal Navy, Section Belge (RNSB).[1] Godetia served around the Atlantic coast of the USA and the Antilles in 1942, before serving in the Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1943.[1] She was involved in the operations in the English Channel during Operation Overlord.[1] From April 1942 to May 1945, Godetia escorted 70 separate convoys.[2]

On 16 December 1944, Godetia was re-transferred back to the Royal Navy.[1]

In recognition of the role of Godetia's role during the Second World War, the Belgian navy currently operates a ship with the same name.

Royal Navy[edit]

Godetia continued to serve (with a British crew) in a convoy escorting role until October 1945 when she was decommissioned.[1] In 1947, she was scrapped.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "HMS Godetia (K226)" (in French). 
  2. ^ Don Kindell. "Flower-class corvettes, Royal Navy, Part 5 of 10". World War 2 at Sea - Convoy Escort Movements of Royal and Dominion Navy Vessels. naval-history-net. 


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