HMS Skate (1917)
Skate at Liverpool in 1942
|Ordered:||8 December 1915|
|Builder:||John Brown & Company, Clydebank|
|Laid down:||12 January 1916|
|Launched:||11 January 1917|
|Commissioned:||19 February 1917|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 1947|
|Class and type:||R-class destroyer|
|Beam:||26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)|
HMS Skate was an R-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that was laid down and completed during the First World War. She was built at John Brown Shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland and launched on 11 January 1917.
Skate was the sole survivor of her class by 1939, and saw extensive service during the Second World War as a convoy escort. This gave her the honour of being the oldest destroyer to see service with the Royal Navy in the latter conflict.
During the First World War, Skate was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off the Maas Lightship by the Imperial German Navy submarine SM UC-69 with the loss of a crew member on 12 March 1917. She was converted into a minelayer while undergoing repairs, which is likely why she remained active on the Navy List in 1939. Initially she served as an influence minesweeper to combat the threat of magnetic mines, but such was the need for escorts that she was rearmed in 1941 to take part in the Battle of the Atlantic. She was on North Atlantic duties until 1942 and was part of the escort for the Normandy landings in June 1944.