HMS Roberts (F40)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS Roberts
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Laid down: 30 April 1940
Launched: 1 February 1941
Commissioned: 27 October 1941
Fate: Sold June 1965 and scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Roberts-class monitor
Displacement: 7,970 long tons (8,100 t)
Length: 373 ft 3 in (113.77 m) oa
Beam: 89 ft 9 in (27.36 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Installed power: 4,800 shp (3,600 kW)
  • 2 × Parsons steam turbines
  • 2 × boilers
  • 2 × shafts
Speed: 12.5 kn (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)
Complement: 350

HMS Roberts was a Royal Navy Roberts-class monitor of the Second World War. She was the second monitor to be named after Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts.

Built by John Brown & Company, of Clydebank, she was laid down 30 April 1940, launched 1 April 1941 and completed on 27 October 1941. She reused the twin 15-inch gun turret of the First World War monitor Marshal Soult.

Service history[edit]

Roberts provided bombardment support during Operation Torch in North Africa, where she was damaged by two 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombs in the Battle of Béjaïa. She was repaired in time to support Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) and the Allied landings near Salerno (Operation Avalanche). During the D-Day landings, she was controlled from the headquarters ship HMS Largs[1] also positioned off Sword beach.[2] She also took part in the Walcheren operations.[citation needed]

In July 1945 Roberts departed the United Kingdom for the Indian Ocean to support Operation Mailfist, the planned liberation of Singapore. She was near Port Said at the time the Japanese surrender on 15 August, but was not recalled until 11 September by which time she had reached Kilindini Harbour in Kenya. She eventually reached Plymouth on 22 November.[3]

Roberts was sold for scrap shortly after the war, but hired back by the navy as an accommodation ship at Devonport until 1965. She was finally broken up at Inverkeithing in July 1965.[citation needed]

One of Roberts' guns (originally in the battleship Resolution) is mounted outside the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, south London, together with one from the battleship Ramillies.[4]


  1. ^ "obituaries:Commander Dan Duff". Daily Telegraph. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ The HQ Ships ~ "The HQ Ships Map D-Day-Naval Bombardment(map)" Check |url= value (help). COMBINED OPERATIONS * UNITED WE CONQUER. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Buxton, Ian (2008). Big Gun Monitors : Design, Construction and Operations 1914-1945. Barnsley, United Kingdom: Seaforth Publishing. pp. 208–209. ISBN 1783469110. 
  4. ^ Imperial War Museum. "15 in Mk I Naval Gun". Imperial War Museum Collections Search. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 


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