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HMS Imperial - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Imperial

Name : HMS Imperial
Laid Down : 29th January 1936
Launched : 11th December 1936
Completed : 30th June 1937
Type : Destroyer
Class : I
Builder : Hawthorn Leslie
Country : UK
Pennants : D09, I09
Fate : Sunk 29th May 1941.

Damaged beyond repair by aircraft on 28th May 1941, and deliberately sunk by HMS Hotspur the following day.

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HMS Imperial, 1937.

Timeline Entries :


10th April 1934 - Arrived St. Raphael
22nd January 1936 - Laid down
11th December 1936 - Pennant D09
11th December 1936 - Launched
22nd July 1937 - Sailed Portland for Portsmouth
22nd July 1937 - Arrived Portsmouth
10th December 1937 - Arrived Oran
January 1938 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet
7th April 1938 - Arrived Gibraltar
18th April 1938 - Sailed Gibraltar
29th July 1938 - Arrived Abbazia
3rd January 1939 - Lt.Cdr. Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN in Command
10th January 1939 - Sailed Malta for Gominirri
16th January 1939 - Arrived Gulf of Arta
23rd January 1939 - Sailed Gulf of Arta for Platea
25th January 1939 - Sailed Platea for Malta
27th July 1939 - Arrived Haifa
2nd September 1939 - Sailed Alexandria for patrol off Crete
2nd September 1939 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Division 5, Mediterranean Fleet
4th September 1939 - Arrived Malta
5th September 1939 - Sailed Malta for the North Atlantic Command based at Gibraltar
7th September 1939 - Despatched to Western Approaches Command
1st October 1939 - Escorted OA.12G to Gibraltar
3rd October 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.12G
8th October 1939 - Sailed Plymouth
31st October 1939 - Joined new 22nd Destroyer Flotilla at Harwich
31st October 1939 - Joined the 22nd Flotilla at Harwich
1st November 1939 - Sailed Harwich for Scapa Flow
4th November 1939 - After refuelling at Scapa Flow Sailed to rejoin Nelson
4th November 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow for duty with the Home Fleet
5th November 1939 - Released from the 22nd Flotilla at Harwich. Rejoined the 3rd Flotilla operating with the Home Fleet
9th November 1939 - Arrived Rosyth for refuelling
12th November 1939 - Sailed Rosyth for boiler cleaning.
12th November 1939 - Joined Convoy HN.2
18th November 1939 - Detached from Convoy HN.2
20th November 1939 - Sailed Rosyth and searched for U-boats in the Rattray Head area
21st November 1939 - Searched for the U-boat responsible for sinking trawler Wigmore off Rattray Head
21st November 1939 - Searched off Fiora for the submarine thought responsible for Belfast mining
22nd November 1939 - Arrived at Invergordon to refuel after their Rattray Head patrol
23rd November 1939 - Joined HMS GLASGOW force off Muckle Flugga
24th November 1939 - Stationed as a strike force off Utvaer, Norway
25th November 1939 - Arrived at Scapa Flow to refuel prior to escorting convoy ON.3 from Methil
25th November 1939 - Ordered to Scapa Flow to refuel
1st December 1939 - Searched for a submarine reported in Edinburgh Channel
2nd December 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow
3rd December 1939 - At Scapa Flow with engine room defects
4th December 1939 - Arrived at the Clyde from Scapa Flow
6th December 1939 - Arrived in the Clyde from Rosyth
6th December 1939 - Sailed the Clyde escorting HMS Rodney
6th December 1939 - Arrived Rosyth from Scapa Flow
7th December 1939 - Sailed the Clyde for Liverpool
8th December 1939 - Arrived Liverpool
9th December 1939 - Arrived on the Clyde
12th December 1939 - Sailed the Clyde to sweep ahead of Canadian troop convoy TC.1 as it approached the British Isles
13th December 1939 - Sailed Greenock
17th December 1939 - Arrived Greenock
25th December 1939 - Sailed Greenock
28th December 1939 - Joined Convoy TC
30th December 1939 - Arrived in the Clyde
5th January 1940 - Arrived Greenock
10th January 1940 - Escorted HMS Canton
10th January 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Rosyth
12th January 1940 - Arrived at Rosyth
12th January 1940 - Patrolled off Mersey Light, six miles 280° from Bar Light Vessel
14th January 1940 - Sailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.8
19th January 1940 - Arrived Bergen with Convoy ON.8
20th January 1940 - Sailed Rosyth for a sweep in the North Sea
21st January 1940 - In a minor collision, but was able to continue
22nd January 1940 - Attacked a submarine contact off Buchan Ness
26th January 1940 - Collision were completed
26th January 1940 - On a sweep off the SW of Norway.
27th January 1940 - Joined Convoy HN.9b
2nd February 1940 - Arrived Methil with Convoy HN.9B
5th February 1940 - Sailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.10
8th February 1940 - Arrived Bergen with Convoy ON.10
8th February 1940 - Sailed Bergen escortong Convoy HN.10
13th February 1940 - Sailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.12
15th February 1940 - Sailed Rosyth for Scapa Flow
15th February 1940 - Attacked a contact NNE of Kinnaird Head
16th February 1940 - Supported Operation DT
16th February 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow for the Norwegian Coast
18th February 1940 - Escorted Methil section of Convoy HN.12
22nd February 1940 - Arrived at Rosyth after submarine hunting.
23rd February 1940 - Sailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
26th February 1940 - Collision with Swedish Steamer Nordia 70 miles WSW of Feistenen
27th February 1940 - Arrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27th February 1940 - Arrived Lerwick for emergency repairs
29th February 1940 - Joined Escorted East Coast section of Convoy HN.15, damaged
29th February 1940 - Sailed Lerwick to join Convoy HN.15 for passage to Rosyth
1st March 1940 - Arrived Methil with Convoy HN.15
3rd March 1940 - Sailed Methil in Convoy MT.22 for the Tyne
3rd March 1940 - Arrived on The Tyne for repairs
3rd March 1940 - Sailed with Convoy MT.20 en route to the Tyne for repairs
5th March 1940 - Arrived on the Tyne
1st April 1940 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, 5th Division
1st April 1940 - Lt. Cdr. CA de W Kitkat in Command
1st April 1940 - Repairing in the Tyne
12th April 1940 - Returned to service
29th May 1941 - Sunk

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