HMS Gavotte (T 115)
ASW Trawler of the Dance class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes|
|Ordered||9 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||8 Dec 1939|
|Launched||7 May 1940|
|Commissioned||24 Aug 1940|
Transferred to the Italian Navy in March 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Gavotte (T 115)
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|1||T/Lt. Cyril Stewart Tennent, RNVR||19 Aug 1940||21 Oct 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Stanley Martin Booker, RNVR||21 Oct 1940||25 Aug 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Dennis Bates, RNR||26 Aug 1942||5 Dec 1943|
|4||T/Lt. William Alan Swain, RNVR||5 Dec 1943|
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Notable events involving Gavotte include:
24 May 1943
Convoy ET 21.
This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.
No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.
On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).
HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.
The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).
Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (1)
- ADM 199/639
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.