HMS Vega (L 41)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Doxford Shipyard (Sunderland, U.K.)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||11 Dec 1916|
|Launched||1 Sep 1917|
|Commissioned||14 Dec 1917|
Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 27 November 1939. Pennant number was D 52 changed to L 41 upon completion of this reconstruction.
HMS Vega is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Vega (L 41)
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|1||Cdr. Cyril Ivan Horton, RN||19 Sep 1939||4 Aug 1940|
|2||Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN||4 Aug 1940||30 Oct 1940|
|3||A/Cdr. Thomas Bennett Brunton, RN||30 Oct 1940||6 Nov 1940|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Robert Fergus Jenks, RN||6 Nov 1940||late 1940|
|5||Lt. Clement Francis Parker, RN||15 Sep 1942||31 Mar 1943|
|6||Lt. Charles Gerald Forsberg, RN||31 Mar 1943||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Vega include:
25 Jan 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Rosyth with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I Horton, RN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Portsmouth together with HMS Ursula (Cdr. G.C. Phillips, DSO, RN) and ORP Wilk (Lt. B. Krawczyk). They were ordered to return to Rothesay the next day due to enemy submarines operation of the east coast of the U.K. (2)
27 May 1940
In the evening, the Polish destroyer Blyskawica received orders to meet with the British destroyers HMS Gallant and HMS Vivacious to enter the small port of La Panne (in the Dunkirk area) and evacuate part of RAF personnel. Unfortunately, she failed to find her partners and didn't complete the task. Instead of this, she was ordered to enter Dunkirk harbour together with the British destroyer HMS Vega and conduct a night reconnaissance mission. The Admiralty wanted to find out, if this harbour (partially blocked by wrecks) may be useful in Allied evacuation. Both destroyers were attacked by two German aircraft, but inspected the positions of wrecks. After that, Admiral Ramsey learned that navy vessels are able to conduct evacuation from Dunkirk and sent part of them there. (3)
11 Nov 1940
HMS Vega (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Jenks, RN) was damaged when she hit a mine near Harwich (off Sunk Head). Repairs were only completed on 14 November 1942 !
4 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR), HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) and HMS Wallace (Lt. D. Carson, RN). (4)
22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).
At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]
Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (5)
- ADM 173/15690
- ADM 173/16301
- Personal communication
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 53/119848
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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