|HMS Aberdeen (L97)|
|Ordered:||1 March 1935|
|Laid down:||12 June 1935|
|Launched:||22 January 1936|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs E Watt|
|Commissioned:||17 September 1936|
North Africa 1942
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 16 December 1948|
|Class & type:||Grimsby-class sloop|
990 long tons (1,006 t) standard|
1,300 long tons (1,321 t) full
250 ft (76.2 m) p/p|
266 ft (81.1 m) o/a
|Beam:||36 ft (11.0 m)|
|Draught:||7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)|
Parsons geared steam turbines|
2 × Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers
2,000 shp (1,500 kW)
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)|
|Range:||5,700 nmi (10,600 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)|
• 2 × 4.7 in (120 mm) QF guns|
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
• 4 × 3-pounder guns
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar (from late 1942)
|Badge:||On a Field Red, a triple towered castle surrounded by a double treasure all Silver.|
World War IIEdit
On 3 September 1939 Aberdeen was recalled to the UK and deployed with the 1st Escort Division of Western Approaches Command for convoy escort duty in the English Channel and the Southwest Approaches, based at Plymouth.
In June, after the Fall of France, Atlantic convoy traffic was routed further north, and Aberdeen was transferred to Rosyth to escort of convoys in the North Sea and Northwest Approaches. In November she was transferred to the Liverpool Sloop Division for Atlantic convoy escort duty.
In June 1941 she was transferred to the 41st Escort Group based at Derry for the defence of convoys between the UK and Freetown.
Aberdeen returned to duty in March 1943, joining the 40th Escort Group and sailing to St. John's, Newfoundland, where she formed part of the escort for Convoy HX229A to the UK. On the return voyage she saw four days of action in the largest convoy battle of the war, as the convoy was continually attacked by U-boats of three "wolfpacks". Aberdeen sustained some damage to her hull by running into ice.
After repairs at Liverpool, and the fitting of Type 291 radar and VHF radio communications, Aberdeen was sent to Freetown in June to join West African Command for coastal convoy and local escort duties, not returning to the UK until April 1944.
After VE Day on 8 April 1945 Aberdeen remained at Freetown for local patrol and air sea rescue duties until August, before sailing to Gibraltar to be put into the Reserve. Aberdeen was placed on the Disposal List at the end of 1946. She was towed to Devonport, and sold to the British Iron and Steel Company (BISCO) on 16 December 1948 for breaking-up by T.W. Ward at Hayle, Cornwall, arriving there on 19 January 1949.
- ↑ "Grimsby Class Sloops". battleships-cruisers.co.uk. http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/grimsby.htm#HMS%20Aberdeen. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- ↑ "HMS Aberdeen (L97/U97) – Sloop of the Grimsby class – Allied Warships of WWII". uboat.net. http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3904.html. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- Hague, Arnold (1993). Sloops: A History of the 71 Sloops Built in Britain and Australia for the British, Australian and Indian Navies 1926–1946. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-67-3.
- Aberdeen at U-boat.net
- Honourable Company of Master Mariners
- Second World War Chronology of HMS Aberdeen
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