HMS Swift (G 46)
Destroyer of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||12 Jun 1942|
|Launched||15 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||6 Dec 1943|
|Lost||24 Jun 1944|
HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. John Ronald Gower, RN) was mined and sunk in support of the D Day landings off Sword Beach. Sank around 0800am.
Commands listed for HMS Swift (G 46)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Ronald Gower, RN||11 Oct 1943||24 Jun 1944|
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Notable events involving Swift include:
30 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (1)
At dawn Beaufighters appeared and remained throughout the day.
HNoMS Narvik was sighted to the westward and joined the 'convoy'.
1600 hours - HMS Meteor and HMS Swift parted company.
See 19 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (3)
- ADM 173/18443
- ADM 173/19334
- ADM 199/1874
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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