Allied Warships

HMS Codrington (D 65)

Destroyer of the A class

HMS Codrington before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantD 65 
ModFlotilla leader 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered29 May 1928 
Laid down20 Jun 1928 
Launched8 Aug 1929 
Commissioned4 Jun 1930 
Lost27 Jul 1940 

HMS Codrington proved to be a fast ship, reaching 37.7 knots on a displacement of 1.674 tons with 39.257shp during 6-hour full-power trials, but her gearing was noisy and had to be re-cut before final acceptance. Also Codrington had a large turing circle.

HMS Codrington (Capt. George Frederick Stevens-Guille, OBE, DSO, RN) was sunk at Dover by German aircraft on 27 July 1940.


Commands listed for HMS Codrington (D 65)

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1Capt. David James Robert Simson, RN24 Aug 193926 Nov 1939
2Cdr. Caspar Silas Balfour Swinley, RN26 Nov 19398 Feb 1940
3Capt. George Elvey Creasy, RN8 Feb 194016 May 1940
4Capt. George Frederick Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN16 May 194027 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Codrington include:

22 May 1940
During 22 - 24 May 1940, HMS Salmon (Cdr. E.O. Bickford, DSO, RN), assisted trawler Barbados in the attempted cutting of an underwater cable between the Netherlands and the U.K. (Operation Lamp). The operation was covered by the British destroyers HMS Codrington (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine RN). The operation was not successful. (1)

27 Jul 1940
Sunk in secret losses due to marine hazards and during air-raids on harbours. Loss announced, in UK, 18 May 1945 (2)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/373
  2. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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