HMS Peacock (U96)

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HMS Peacock 1945 IWM A 30695.jpg
Peacock in 1945 (IWM) A 30695
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Peacock
Builder: Thornycroft, Woolston, Hampshire
Laid down: 29 November 1942
Launched: 11 December 1943
Completed: 10 May 1944
Identification: pennant number U96/F96
Honours and
  • ARCTIC 1944
  • ATLANTIC 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1958
Badge: On a Field White, upon a pedestal Black, a Peacock Proper
General characteristics
Class and type: Modified Black Swan-class sloop

HMS Peacock was a modified Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was built for service as a convoy escort during the Second World War, serving in the arctic and Atlantic convoys. After the Second World War she saw service in the Mediterranean. She was scrapped in 1958.[1]


Peacock was built by Thornycroft, Woolston, and was laid down on 29 November 1942, launched on 11 December 1943, and completed on 10 May 1944. She was adopted by the civil community of Tadcaster Rural District Council in the West Riding of Yorkshire as part of the Warship Week National Savings campaign in 1942.

Royal Navy service[edit]

Under the command of Lt.Cdr. Richard Stannard, VC, DSO, RD, RNR,[2] upon commissioning, Peacock completed work ups in home waters. In August 1944 she was allocated for service with the Arctic convoys to Russia. By December 1944 she was allocated for the defence of the Atlantic Convoys. During these operations she took part in the sinking of several U-Boats.

In May 1945 she was allocated for service with the British Pacific Fleet but was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as the war drew to a close.

Following the war she remained in the Mediterranean. She received the new pennant number 'F96' and was based in Malta, as part of the 3rd Frigate Flotilla. This Flotilla took part in patrols preventing illegal Jewish immigration into Mandatory Palestine. In June 1953 she attended the Coronation Review at Spithead.[3] In 1954 she was placed in reserve.[4]

She was subsequently sold for scrap and arrived for breaking up at Rosyth on 7 May 1958.


  1. ^ Smith, Gordon (2011). "HMS Peacock, Sloop". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ "HMS Peacock (U 96)". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  4. ^ Marriott, Leo (1983). Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983. Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7110-1322-3 p.15

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