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Badsworth HMS 1941

Postby john sefton » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:52 pm

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Ordered: 20 December 1939, Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, Laid down: 15 May 1940, Launched: 17 March 1941, Commissioned: 18 August 1941, Decommissioned: 16 November 1944,
Transferred to the exiled Royal norwegian Navy under the name HNoMS ARENDAL
Commissioned: 8 August 1944, Decommissioned: 1 May 1961.
General characteristics:
Class and type: Hunt class destroyer, Type II, Displacement: 1,050 tons standard, 1,490 tons full load, Length: 85.34 m, Beam: 9.62 m, Draught: 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in), Propulsion: 2 shaft Parsons geared turbines; 19,000 shp, Speed: 25.5 knots (25½ kts full), Range: 3,600 nmi (6,670 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h), Complement: 164, Armament: 6 x QF 4 in Mark XVI on twin mounts Mk. XIX, AAA - 2 x 4 12.7mm Vickers, 2 x 20mm, 6 Thornycroft depth charge throwers,
Honours and awards: Atlantic 1941-43, Malta Convoys 1942
Arctic 1942
HMS BADSWORTH (pennant number L03) was an escort destroyer of the Hunt Type II class. The Royal Navy ordered BADSWORTH 's construction three months after the outbreak of the Second World War. Cammel Laird laid down her keel at their Birkenhead yard on 15 May 1940, as Admiralty Job No. J3260 (Yard No. 1055). After a successful Warship Week national savings campaign in March 1942, the BADSWORTH was adopted by the civil community of Batley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The ship was named after a fox-hunt in Yorkshire.
BADSWORTH began her career on convoy duty in the North Western Approaches, however in June 1942, she took up the role of close escort in Convoy Harpoon, aiming to deliver vital supplies to the beleaguered island of Malta. The convoy met fierce attacks from the besieging Italian and German forces with only two out of the initial six merchant ships reaching Malta. Whilst entering the Grand Harbour BADSWORTH struck a mine, sustaining heavy damage. She was towed back for temporary repairs, afterwards leaving the island and heading towards Tyne for further repairs. In November 1942 BADSWORTH rejoined the Londonderry Escort Force by escorting a convoy headed to Murmansk. In March 1943 she returned to the Mediterranean for another Malta convoy, striking another mine on 22 April 1943. Towed to Liverpool for repairs, the BADSWORTH was then transferred to the exiled Royal Norwegian Navy under the name HNoMS ARENDAL.
Source: Wikipedia. Further details of her career can be found at and ... SWORTH.htm
Information provided by Mr P Crichton
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