HMS Sikh (F82)
Sikh underway after completion
|Builder:||Alexander Stephen and Sons, Linthouse|
|Laid down:||24 September 1936|
|Launched:||17 December 1937|
|Completed:||12 October 1938|
|Identification:||Pennant numbers: L82/F82/G82|
|Motto:||Sicut leonis: 'Be like the lions'|
|Fate:||Sunk, 14 September 1942|
|Badge:||On a Field Red. a 'Sikh' lion, Gold, behind his head a Sikh quoit, silver.|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||Tribal-class destroyer|
|Length:||377 ft (115 m) (o/a)|
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft 3 in (3.43 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × shafts; 2 × geared steam turbines|
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
|Range:||5,700 nmi (10,600 km; 6,600 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
HMS Sikh was a Tribal-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. The ship entered service in 1938 and served during the Second World War, participating in the sinking of Bismarck and the Battle of Cape Bon. In 1942, while participating in a commando raid, Sikh was sunk by a combination of antiaircraft guns, shore artillery and aerial bombs.
Construction and career
In 1941, while under the command of Commander Stokes, she took part in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck. The night before Bismarck was sunk, she fired a salvo of four torpedoes and claimed a hit after hearing underwater explosions, but actually there were no hits.
Sikh transferred to the Mediterranean serving as part of Force H. On 13 December 1941, Sikh — together with Legion, Maori and the Dutch vessel HNLMS Isaac Sweers — sank the Italian cruisers Alberico da Barbiano and Alberto di Giussano in the Battle of Cape Bon.
On 14 September, Sikh and Zulu landed and then covered Operation Agreement, a commando raid on Tobruk. Sikh was hit and sunk by German 88 mm guns and/or 152 mm Italian coastal artillery, and by a bomb dropped by a Macchi C.200 — 115 men were lost and many more were taken prisoner. Zulu was damaged and sunk by bombing the following day.
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