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HMS Gnat (T60)
HMS Gnat China Station 1922 IWM Q 093287.jpg
HMS Gnat (T60) at China Station 1922
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Gnat (T60)
Builder: Lobnitz
Fate: Constructive Loss
Status: Scrapped 1945
General characteristics
Class & type: Insect-class gunboat

HMS Gnat was a Royal Navy Insect class gunboat. She was built by Lobnitz and launched in 1915.


During the First World War, Gnat took part in the Mesopotamian Campaign as part of the gunboat squadron operating on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. In 1927 the Gnat participated as part of a Royal Navy flotilla in the Nanjing incident, helping to protect British and other international citizens and business interests in China.

During the Second World War, Gnat was at China until 1940 then transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet's Inshore Squadron. She was torpedoed on 21 October 1941 by the U-79 but she was towed and beached at Alexandria and used as a fixed Anti-aircraft platform.

Declared a constructive total loss, she was finally scapped in 1945.


  • Warships of World War II, by H. T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge, pub. Ian Allan Ltd.

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