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HMS Ardent - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Ardent

Name : HMS Ardent
Laid Down : 30th July 1928
Launched : 26th June 1929
Completed : 14th April 1930
Type : Destroyer
Class : A
Builder : John Brown
Country : UK
Pennants : H41
Fate : Sunk 8th June 1940.

HMS ARDENT, an 'A' class destroyer, built by John Brown Ltd on the River Clyde. She entered service in the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on 23rd April 1930, operating in the Mediterranean until April 1937. She then operated in the English Channel and the Western Approaches to the United Kingdom until April 1940 when she took part in the Norwegian campaign.

As British forces withdrew from Norway ARDENT, with her sister ship ACASTA, escorted the aircraft carrier GLORIOUS across the Norwegian Sea. On 8th June 1940 two German battleships intercepted this small force. The German ships, SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU, quickly opened fire on the three British vessels and sank them. Before she sank, ARDENT fired her torpedoes at SCHARNHORST, scoring a hit which causing enough damage to force the battleship to return to harbour.

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HMS Ardent, July 1935.

Timeline Entries :


26th June 1929 - Launched
26th June 1929 - Pennant Number H41
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Cmdr. C. H. Ringrose in Command
1st October 1932 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla. Mediterranean Fleet
1st October 1932 - Cmdr. C. H. Ringrose in Command
14th January 1933 - Arrived Port Drepano
25th January 1933 - Sailed Port Drepano
25th January 1933 - Arrived Gulf of Patras
1st February 1933 - Arrived Malta
7th March 1933 - Sailed Malta for Pollensa Bay
10th March 1933 - Arrived Palma
28th March 1933 - Sailed Pollensa for Bormes Roads
30th March 1933 - Arrived Bormes Roads
12th April 1933 - Arrived Antibes
24th April 1933 - Sailed Antibes
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
19th July 1933 - Arrived Porto Rose
5th August 1933 - Arrived Kotor
31st August 1933 - Sailed Malta
2nd September 1933 - Arrived Skiathos
11th September 1933 - Arrived Stylis
11th September 1933 - Sailed Skiathos
18th September 1933 - Sailed Stylis
19th September 1933 - Arrived Port Sigri
25th September 1933 - Sailed Port Sigri
27th September 1933 - Arrived Haifa
3rd October 1933 - Sailed Haifa
4th October 1933 - Arrived Alexandria
11th October 1933 - Sailed Alexandria
13th October 1933 - Arrived Navarin
21st October 1933 - Sailed Navarin
23rd October 1933 - Arrived Malta
1st January 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
5th January 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
10th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for short winter cruise
25th January 1934 - Arrived Malta
6th February 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malta
9th February 1934 - Arrived Malta
3rd March 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
23rd March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th March 1934 - Arrived Leghorn
24th April 1934 - Sailed St. Raphael for Malta
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
1st September 1934 - Arrived Brioni
10th September 1934 - Arrived Crkvenica
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd April 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar for Home Ports
22nd April 1935 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
26th April 1935 - Arrived Sheerness
9th September 1936 - Arrived Marseilles
10th September 1936 - Sailed Marseilles
12th September 1936 - Arrived Alicante
24th September 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
24th September 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
13th January 1937 - Sailed Alicante
14th January 1937 - Sailed Valencia
6th March 1937 - Arrived and Sailed Barcelona
30th March 1937 - Arrived Cartegena
28th April 1938 - Arrived Portsmouth
14th October 1938 - Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker, RN in Command
14th October 1938 - Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Barker ib Command
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
13th February 1939 - Arrived Dartmouth
13th February 1939 - Sailed Plymouth
13th February 1939 - Lt. Cdr J.F. Barker in Command
15th February 1939 - Arrived Dartmouth
15th February 1939 - Sailed Dartmouth
16th February 1939 - Sailed Dartmouth
16th February 1939 - Arrived Weymouth Bay
6th March 1939 - Arrived Falmouth
5th August 1939 - Arrived Portland
8th August 1939 - Arrived Weymouth Bay
9th August 1939 - Attended Review of the British Reserve Fleet
27th August 1939 - Sailed Portland to carry out a reconnaissance in the Western Approaches
28th August 1939 - Arrived Portland
3rd September 1939 - At Portland
3rd September 1939 - Based at Portland
7th September 1939 - 18th Flotilla transferred to Western Approaches Command
9th September 1939 - Escorted HMS Courageous on anti-submarine operation AS2
21st September 1939 - Takes wounded from SS Teakwood after it attack by U-35 acompanies the damaged Teakwood back to Falmouth
9th October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.17
11th October 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.17
21st October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.23
23rd October 1939 - Assisted Attacking a submarine contact 90 off the Lizard
23rd October 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.23
24th October 1939 - Searched for a reported submarine in 49-30N, 4-45W
31st October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.28G
1st November 1939 - Joined Convoy OA.28G
2nd November 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.28G
2nd November 1939 - Escorted Convoy OA.29
15th November 1939 - Joined Convoy OA.35
18th November 1939 - Conducted a submarine search 150 miles SW of Berehaven.
19th November 1939 - Detached from ConvoyOA.35
19th November 1939 - Joined Convoy HXF.8 from Convoy OA.35
20th November 1939 - Detached from Convoy HXF.8
22nd November 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.39
24th November 1939 - Detached Convoy OA.39
6th December 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.48
8th December 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.48
11th December 1939 - Sailed Plymouth escorting HMS Valiant
12th December 1939 - Arrived Portland escorting HMS Valiant
15th December 1939 - Searched for Submarine west of the English Channel in 51-00N, 12-18W
16th December 1939 - Joined Convoy HX.11
18th December 1939 - Arrived Liverpool with Convoy HX.11
20th December 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.57
21st December 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.57
21st December 1939 - Searched for a submarine contact 20 miles 90 from Start Point
29th December 1939 - Escorted Convoy OA.61
30th December 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.61 when Convoy dispersed
2nd January 1940 - Joined Convoy SLF.13
3rd January 1940 - Arrived UK with Convoy SLF.13
13th January 1940 - Joined Convoy OA70.G
14th January 1940 - Detached from Convoy OA.70G
27th January 1940 - Sailed Plymouth to escort battleship HMS Revenge
28th January 1940 - Detached from HMS Revenge and met up with HMS Ajax
30th January 1940 - Escorting HMS Ajax to Plymouth
31st January 1940 - Arrived Plymouth after escorting HMS Ajax
31st January 1940 - At Plymouth under repair
4th February 1940 - Sailed Plymouth for a position 40 miles 270 from Cape Finisterre.
15th February 1940 - Arrived Plymouth
22nd February 1940 - Searched for submarines NW of Cape Finisterre
29th February 1940 - Under repair at Plymouth
8th June 1940 - Sunk

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Last edited : 21:09, February 20, 2011
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First Added : 20:19, November 24, 2010
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