Allied Warships

HMS Havant (H 32)

Destroyer of the Havant class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 32 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Laid down30 Mar 1938 
Launched17 Jul 1939 
Commissioned19 Dec 1939 
Lost1 Jun 1940 
Loss position51° 08'N, 2° 15'E

Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 4 September 1939 while being built for the Brazilian Navy. Named HMS Havant.

HMS Havant (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) was heavily damaged by German aircraft off Dunkirk during the evacutation there. Havant was sunk by the minesweeper HMS Saltash (Lt.Cdr. T.R. Fowke, RN).
The wreck lies in 27 meters of water in position 51º07'57"N, 02º15'44"E.  

Former nameBrazilian Javary

Commands listed for HMS Havant (H 32)

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1Lt.Cdr. Anthony Frank Burnell-Nugent, RN21 Nov 19391 Jun 1940

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Notable events involving Havant include:

16 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed the Clyde area for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) and HMS Havant (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN). (1)

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 199/2572

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

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