Allied Warships

HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 47 / U 47 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Mar 1935 
Laid down14 Aug 1935 
Launched24 Mar 1936 
Commissioned19 Nov 1936 
End service 

HMS Fleetwood is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Served as a radar and radio trials ship for the Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment after the war.
Scrapped 10 October 1959 by C.W Dorkin, Gateshead.


Commands listed for HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)

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1Cdr. Andrew Nichol Grey, RN8 Feb 19394 Aug 1940
2Cdr. Ronald William Moir, RN4 Aug 1940Mid 1941
3Cdr. David Thomas Morgan Williams, RNRMid 194120 Jul 1942
4Cdr. William Brown Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR20 Jul 1942Jul 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. William Whitfield, DSC, RNRJul 194425 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Fleetwood include:

11 May 1943
German U-boat U-528 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 46°55'N, 14°44'W, by depth charges from a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn. 58/D) and by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggot, OBE, RNR).

2 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-340 was sunk at 0430hrs on 2 November 1943 near Tangier, in position 35°33'N, 06°37'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, DSC, RD, RNR) and the British destroyers HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, DSC, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 179/R).

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