Allied Warships

HMS Eglinton (L 87)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 87 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down8 Jun 1939 
Launched28 Dec 1939 
Commissioned28 Aug 1940 
End service 

Scrapped at Blyth on 28 May 1956.

Named after a Hunt in Ayrshire, Scotland.
First ship of with this name in the Royal Navy.

Battle Honours:
Atlantic 1940
English Channel 1940-1944
North Sea 1941-44
Normandy 1944


Commands listed for HMS Eglinton (L 87)

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1Cdr. Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, RAN20 May 194017 Aug 1941
2Cdr. Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN17 Aug 194116 May 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN16 May 194221 Feb 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Frank Maclear Graves, RN21 Feb 1944Nov 1944
5Capt. Jocelyn Stuart Cambridge Salter, DSO, OBE, RNNov 194426 Jun 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Charles Douglas Theodore Williams, RN26 Jun 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Eglinton include:

28 Jun 1944
HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR) and HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN) pick up survivors from the British landing ship infantry Maid of Orleans that had been sunk by the German U-boat U-988 southeast of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight in position 50°06'N, 00°41'W.

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