HMS Undine (R42)

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HMS Undine 1943 IWM FL 20414.jpg
Undine in December 1943
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Undine
Builder: John I. Thornycroft and Company
Laid down: 18 March 1942
Launched: 1 June 1943
Commissioned: 23 December 1943
Identification: pennant number R42
General characteristics
Class and type: U-class destroyer

HMS Undine was a U-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II.

Post War service[edit]

In 1946 Undine returned from the Far East and went into reserve at Harwich. In May 1949 she underwent a refit at Chatham and between 1950 and 1952 was in the Sheerness reserve. From 1952 to 1954 she was converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, by John I. Thornycroft & Company and allocated the new pennant number F141.[1]

Undine after conversion to a Type 15 Frigate, leads ships of the 6th Frigate Squadron in line ahead on their passage to Gibraltar, for spring cruise, 27 January 1957 (IWM A 33691)

After re-commissioning in 1954 she was part of British 6th Frigate Squadron in the Mediterranean until 1960. In November 1956 she was part of the Royal Navy's forces that took part in the Suez Crisis. In the years 1958/59 she undertook bombardments of EOKA's positions in the Cyprus mountains.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

In 1960 Undine was again placed in reserve at Portsmouth. She was put on the Disposal List in 1965. She was de-equipped before tow and sold for breaking up at the breaker's yard of John Cashmore Ltd at Newport, arriving there during November 1965.[2]

Commanding officers[edit]


From To Captain
1943 1945 Cdr Terence Corin Robinson RN[4]
1945 1945 Cdr Cecil Hamilton Holmes OBE RN
1952 1954 Refit and conversion to Type 15
1954 1955 Captain Phillip F Powlett RN
1955 1956 Captain J F D Bush RN
1957 1958 Captain Raymond Hart RN DSC


  1. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 68. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 
  2. ^ Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004). Gordon Smith, ed. "HMS Undine (ii) (R 42) - U-class Destroyer". Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie
  4. ^ "HMS Undine (ii) (R 42)". Retrieved 2 May 2015. 


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