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HMS Chameleon - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Chameleon

Name : HMS Chameleon
Laid Down : 20th August 1943
Launched : 6th May 1944
Completed : 14th September 1944
Type : Minesweeper
Class : Algerine
Builder : Harland and Wolff
Country : UK
Pennants : J387, M387
Fate : Scrapped 3rd April 1966 at Silloth.

“ALGERINE” Class Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine propulsion machinery ordered on 30th April 1942 from Harland and Wolff, Belfast. Laid down on 20th August 1943 at the same time as sister ship CHEERFUL. Launched on 6th May 1944, she was the ninth RN ship to carry this name, or the variant CAMELEON, introduced in 1777 for a 14 gun Sloop built in London which was lost during a hurricane in the West Indies in October 1780. Last used for a destroyer named CAMELEON built at Govan in 1910 and sold in 1921..Her build was completed on 18th May 1942. No record of an “adoption” by any civil community in UK after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign held during 1941-42 is recorded, as the ship had not been ordered.

Timeline Entries :


20th August 1943 - Laid down at Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
6th May 1944 - Pennant J387
6th May 1944 - Launched
10th August 1944 - T/S.Lt. Roy Cyril Goff, RNR In Command
14th September 1944 - Commissioned
3rd November 1944 - T/A/Lt.Cdr. Denys Philip Richardson, RNVR In Command
April 1960 - Scrapped at Silloth

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First Added : 18:38, November 25, 2010
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