Allied Warships

HMS Volage (R 41)

Destroyer of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 41 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Sep 1941 
Laid down31 Dec 1942 
Launched15 Dec 1943 
Commissioned26 May 1944 
End service 

Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1952-1953.

Scrapped in 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Volage (R 41)

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1Cdr. Lawrence George Durlacher, OBE, RN23 Mar 1944Aug 1945
2Cdr. Reginald Trevor Paul, RNAug 1945late 1946

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Notable events involving Volage include:

30 Jun 1944
HMS Supreme (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Volage (Cdr. L.G. Durlacher, OBE, RN). (1)

21 Nov 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Volage (Cdr. L.G. Durlacher, OBE, RN) and HMS Oribi (Lt. D.M. Vaughan-Hughes, RN) (2)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) participated in A/S excercises off Trincomalee together with HMS Volage (Cdr. L.G. Durlacher, OBE, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/18891
  2. ADM 173/19364
  3. ADM 173/19892

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

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