HMS Caprice (R 01)
Destroyer of the Ca class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||16 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||28 Sep 1942|
|Launched||16 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||5 Apr 1944|
Scrapped at Queensborough starting November 1979.
|Former name||HMS Swallow|
Commands listed for HMS Caprice (R 01)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Gordon Wylie McKendrick, RN||4 Mar 1944||mid 1946|
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Notable events involving Caprice include:
1 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). These included night exercises. (1)
22 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMCS Orangeville (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR). (2)
25 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR). (2)
8 Aug 1944
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow during which she was escorted by HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN and HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN).
On completion of these exercises she departed for Greenock escorted by the two destroyers until off the North Minches. The destroyers then proceeded to Stornoway. (4)
17 Sep 1944
HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) conducted attack exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS Indefatigable (Capt. Q.D. Graham, CBE, DSO, RN) served as target. The carrier was escorted by HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (5)
10 Jan 1959
Recommissioned after lengthy refit and modernisation at Yarrow's yard. Left the UK in March for deployment to the Far East Station. Commanding Officer was Commander H.J. Startin. (6)
- ADM 173/18522
- ADM 173/19192
- ADM 53/119846
- ADM 53/119846 + ADM 199/1427
- ADM 173/18650
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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