Allied Warships

HMS Greenwich (F 10)

Destroyer Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 10 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Laid down 
Launched5 Jul 1915 
CommissionedJul 1916 
End service 

Displacement: 8100 tons.
Armament: 4 4" guns, 1 3" AA gun.
Speed: 11 knots.
Complement: 224 men.

Ordered by the Greek Navy from Swan Hunter who sub contacted the hull to W. Dobson & Co. Ltd, Walker on Tyne. The ship was taken over on the stocks by the Admiralty in 1915.

Served as Destroyer Depot Ship at Scapa Flow during 1939-1941. Served at Canada and Iceland in 1942 before returning to home waters.

Sold into merchantile service in 1947 being renamed Hembury.


Commands listed for HMS Greenwich (F 10)

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1Cdr. John Henry Pipe, RN31 Jul 193920 Jun 1944
2A/Capt. (retired) Charles Everard Hughes White, DSO, DSC, RN20 Jun 194429 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Greenwich include:

23 Dec 1939
At 0900 hours, HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), arrived at Scapa Flow from convoy escort duty with defects.

In the afternoon she went alongside the destroyer tender HMS Greenwich (Cdr.(Retd.) J.H. Pipe, RN) for repairs. (1)

10 Mar 1940
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow having spent the night of 9/10 March making emergency repairs at Lerwick. At Scapa Flow repairs would be undertaken by the destroyer depot ship HMS Greenwich (Cdr.(Retd.) J.H. Pipe, RN) before Kelly would be able to proceed to London for full repairs.

While on passage from Lerwick to Scapa Flow HMS Kelly attacked an A/S contact in position 59°00'N, 02°18'W. This was later classified as being non-sub. (2)


  1. ADM 53/109366
  2. ADM 199/2558

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

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