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HMS Frobisher - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Frobisher

Name : HMS Frobisher
Laid Down : 2nd August 1916
Launched : 20th March 1920
Completed : 20th September 1924
Type : Cruiser
Class : Hawkins
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants : D81, I81
Fate : Scrapped 1949

His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport launched this Hawkins class heavy cruiser on 20 March 1920 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 20 September 1924 After commissioning, she served with the Mediterranean Fleet as flagship to the 1st Cruiser Squadron, with a temporary detachment to the China Station in 1926. From 1927 she carried a catapult on the quarter-deck, together with a crane, to operate a small aircraft. After a refit in 1929 she joined the Atlantic Fleet, but joined the Reserve Fleet in November 1930 until conversion to Cadet Training Ship in 1932, which involved the removal of her armament. In early 1939 the cruiser went back into reserve until January 1940 when she began an extensive refit, which included rearming her.

In March 1942 she joined the 4th Cruiser Squadron of the Eastern Fleet operating, carrying out patrol and convoy escort duties in the Indian Ocean. In May 1943 she entered the dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa. In March 1944 FROBISHER returned to the U.K. In June she took part in Operation NEPTUNE, the amphibious phase of D-Day. Later that month she deployed as a depot ship for the motor torpedo boats participating in the operation. In August a long range torpedo fired from German E-boats in Seine Bay damaged her, along with the repair ship ALBATROSS. After this she spent her remaining years as a Cadet Training Ship again, partly disarmed. No longer required for service, she arrived at Newport on 11 May 1949 to be broken up for scrap by Cashmore.

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HMS Frobisher, July 1937.


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HMS Frobisher at Malta


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Timeline Entries :


2nd August 1916 - Laid down at Devonport Dockyard
20th March 1920 - Launched
1924 - Flagship of the 1st Cruiser Squadron Mediterranean
20th September 1924 - Completed
20th September 1924 - Commissioned
6th November 1924 - Sent from Portland to assist HMS/M K 3
October 1926 - Sailed for China Station
December 1927 - Returned from China Staion. Refit
1929 - Refit
18th March 1929 - Exercising off North Africa Coast
19th March 1929 - Arrived Pollensa Bay
10th April 1929 - Arrived Valencia
16th April 1929 - Sailed Valencia for Malta to dock
28th April 1930 - Sailed Sheerness
1st May 1930 - Arrived Invergordon
31st May 1930 - Sailed Invergordon
1st June 1930 - Arrived Scapa Flow
2nd June 1930 - Sailed Invergordon
3rd June 1930 - Arrived Grimsby
7th June 1930 - Arrived Invergordon
7th June 1930 - Sailed Grimsby
8th June 1930 - Arrived Hastings
14th July 1930 - Sailed Hastings
15th July 1930 - Arrived Antwerp
24th July 1930 - Arrived Sheerness
24th July 1930 - Sailed Antwerp
1st October 1930 - In reserve. Portsmouth
1st October 1930 - Cmdr. F. S. W. de Winter in Command
May 1932 - Cadet training cruiser
4th July 1932 - Cdr. F.S.W. de Winton Assumed Command
September 1932 - Cdr. F.S.W. de Winton Relinquished Command
9th February 1933 - Arrived Grenada
1st March 1933 - Arrived St. Lucia
7th March 1933 - Sailed St. Lucia
8th May 1933 - Sailed Chatham
18th May 1933 - Arrived Campbeltown
18th May 1933 - Sailed Lamlash
29th May 1933 - Sailed Campbeltown
30th May 1933 - Arrived Loch Broom
2nd June 1933 - Arrived Scapa Flow
2nd June 1933 - Sailed Loch Broom
12th June 1933 - Sailed Scapa Flow
24th June 1933 - Arrived Helsingfors
19th July 1933 - Sailed Riga for Keil
2nd November 1933 - Arrived Rhodes
11th November 1933 - Arrived Alexandria
25th November 1933 - Arrived Gibraltar
25th November 1933 - Capt. H.A. Forster in Command
1st December 1933 - Sailed Gibraltar for Sheerness
1st December 1933 - Sailed Gibraltar for Sheerness
4th December 1933 - Arrived Sheerness
4th December 1933 - Capt. H.A. Forster In Command
6th December 1933 - Arrived Sheerness
15th January 1934 - Sailed Chatham for the West Indies
29th January 1934 - Arrived Trinidad
30th January 1934 - Arrived Trinidad
2nd February 1934 - Sailed Trinidad
3rd February 1934 - Arrived Tobago
7th February 1934 - Arrived Grenada from Tobago
13th February 1934 - Arrived Barbados
13th February 1934 - Arrived Barbados
13th February 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster in Command
27th February 1934 - Sailed Barbados for St. Lucia
28th February 1934 - Arrived St. Lucia
7th March 1934 - Sailed St. Lucia
8th March 1934 - Arrived Antigua
13th March 1934 - Arrived St. Kitts
13th March 1934 - Arrived St. Kitts
13th March 1934 - Sailed Antigua
16th March 1934 - Sailed St. Kitts
17th March 1934 - Arrived St. Thomas
21st March 1934 - Sailed St. Thomas for Fayal
23rd March 1934 - Sailed St. Thomas
29th March 1934 - Arrived Fayal
30th March 1934 - Sailed Fayal for Sheerness
8th May 1934 - Sailed Sheerness for Torbay
10th May 1934 - Sailed Torbay for Lamlash
12th May 1934 - Arrived Lamlash
17th May 1934 - Arrived Campbeltown
23rd May 1934 - Sailed Campbeltown for Loch Ewe
24th May 1934 - Arrived Loch Ewe
29th May 1934 - Sailed Loch Ewe
29th May 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster in Command
29th May 1934 - Sailed Loch Ewe
29th May 1934 - Sailed Loch Ewe for Reykjavik
29th May 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster in Command
31st May 1934 - Arrived Iceland
31st May 1934 - Arrived Iceland
5th June 1934 - Sailed Iceland
5th June 1934 - Sailed Iceland
8th June 1934 - Arrived Scapa Flow
8th June 1934 - Arrived Scapa Flow
18th June 1934 - Sailed Scapa Flow
18th June 1934 - Sailed Scapa Flow
19th June 1934 - Arrived Bergen
19th June 1934 - Arrived Bergen
19th June 1934 - Arrived Bergen
25th June 1934 - Sailed Bergen
25th June 1934 - Sailed Bergen
25th June 1934 - Sailed Bergen for Kungsbacka
26th June 1934 - Arrived Kungsbacka
26th June 1934 - Arrived Kungsbacka
26th June 1934 - Arrived Kungsbacka
2nd July 1934 - Sailed Kungsbacka
2nd July 1934 - Sailed Kingsbacka
4th July 1934 - Arrived Stockholm
4th July 1934 - Arrived Stockholm
10th July 1934 - Sailed Stockholm
10th July 1934 - Sailed Stockholm
12th July 1934 - Arrived Gillmar Fjord
12th July 1934 - Arrived Gullmar Fjord
16th July 1934 - Sailed Gullmar Fjord
16th July 1934 - Sailed Gillmar Fjord
18th July 1934 - Arrived Invergordon
18th July 1934 - Arrived Invergordon
24th July 1934 - Sailed Invergordon
24th July 1934 - Sailed Invergordon
26th July 1934 - Arrived Chatham
26th July 1934 - Arrived Chatham
20th September 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
8th October 1934 - Sailed Naples for Ragusa
20th October 1934 - Arrived Istambul
9th November 1934 - Arrived Canada
24th November 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th November 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar for Sheerness
1st December 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
1st December 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster in Command
6th December 1934 - Arrived Sheerness
6th December 1934 - Arrived Chatham
7th December 1934 - Arrived Chatham
18th December 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster Relinquished
18th December 1934 - Capt. H.A. Forster relinquished Command
18th December 1934 - Capt. P.J. Kekewich Assumed Command
18th December 1934 - Capt. P.K. Kekewich Assumed Command
4th January 1935 - Sailed Tobago
8th January 1935 - Sailed Grenada
11th January 1935 - Sailed Chatham
11th January 1935 - Capt. P.K. Kekowich in Command
26th January 1935 - Arrived Trinidad
29th January 1935 - Sailed Trinidad
30th January 1935 - Arrived Tobago
4th February 1935 - Arrived Grenada
9th February 1935 - Arrived Barbados
22nd February 1935 - Sailed Barbados
23rd February 1935 - Arrived St. Lucia
28th February 1935 - Sailed St. Lucia
1st March 1935 - Arrived Antigua
4th March 1935 - Sailed Antigua
7th March 1935 - Arrived St. Kitts
11th March 1935 - Arrived Tortola
11th March 1935 - Sailed St. Kitts
15th March 1935 - Arrived Tortola
15th March 1935 - Sailed Tortola
22nd March 1935 - Sailed Tortola for Chatham
3rd April 1935 - Arrived Sheerness
4th April 1935 - Arrived Sheerness
5th April 1935 - Arrived Chatham
15th June 1935 - Sailed Scapa Flow
16th June 1935 - Arrived Ballachulish
22nd June 1935 - Sailed Ballachulish
22nd June 1935 - Arrived Campbeltown
29th June 1935 - Sailed Campbeltown
1st July 1935 - Arrived Torbay
12th July 1935 - Arrived Spithead for Jubilee Naval Review
12th July 1935 - Sailed Torbay
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
17th July 1935 - Sailed Spithead
18th July 1935 - Capt P.K. Kekewich in Command
18th July 1935 - Arrived Brest
22nd July 1935 - Sailed Brest
30th January 1936 - Capt. P.K. Kekewich in Command
30th January 1936 - Arrived Trinidad
3rd February 1936 - Sailed Trinidad
4th February 1936 - Arrived Tobago
5th May 1936 - Sailed Chatham
5th May 1936 - Capt. P.K. Kekewich in Command
7th May 1936 - Arrived Rosyth
18th May 1936 - Sailed Rosyth
11th June 1936 - Arrived Copenhagen
21st June 1936 - Sailed Copenhagen for Spithead
7th July 1936 - Arrived Torquay
14th July 1936 - Sailed Torquay
20th July 1936 - Sailed Portsmouth for Sheerness
21st July 1936 - Arrived Chatham
28th March 1937 - Arrived Portsmouth
30th March 1937 - Sailed Portsmouth for Sheerness
22nd May 1937 - Sailed Portsmouth for Rosyth
10th June 1937 - Arrived Flensburgh
14th June 1937 - Sailed Flensburgh for Tallinn
30th June 1937 - Sailed Lappvik
22nd July 1937 - Arrived Margate
24th July 1937 - Arrived Portsmouth
1939 - Laid up in reserve
March 1939 - Captain P. B. R. W. William-Powlett in Command
17th May 1939 - Commander H. W. Biggsin Command
22nd May 1939 - Capt. H.W. Biggs in Command
3rd September 1939 - At Portsmouth
5th January 1940 - At Portsmouth Commenced refitting as destroyer minelayer
February 1940 - To Devonport for refit and rearming
13th February 1942 - At Devonport refit and rearming complete
4th March 1942 - Arr at Scapa Flow to work up
6th June 1944 - Participated in the Normandy Landings
9th May 1949 - Sailed Plymouth for Newport, South Wales for scrapping
19th May 1949 - Broken up

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