HMS Aberdeen (1936) SL  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Aberdeen was a Grimsby Class (1934) escort sloop.

Built at Devonport Dockyard, laid down 12-Jun-1935, launched 22-Jan-1936 and completed 15-Sep-1936.

Aberdeen was completed as a Despatch Vessel and alternate flagship for the Mediterranean Station. Therefore was fitted with additional accommodation aft instead of minesweeping gear.

Arrived at Malta on 05-Nov-1936 and remained in the Mediterranean until May-1937 when she returned to the UK for the Coronation Review. After this she went back to the Mediterranean until the outbreak of WW2, when she returned to the UK and operated in the Channel area until the French surrender.

Moved to Rosyth and operated from there until Nov-1940. Then operated as convoy escort in the North Atlantic until Nov-1942 when she took part in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.

Then it was back to convoy escort in the North Atlantic until Jun-1943. Moved to the West African Command until Apr-1944 when she returned to the UK and refit at Devonport until May-1944 when she went to Bermuda for completion of the refit, which took until Aug-1944.

She returned to the West Africa Station from Aug-1944 until Aug-1945 when she she went to Gibraltar and was paid off into reserve . Remained at Gibraltar until the end of 1946 when she returned to the UK and was put on the disposal list.

Allocated to BISCO at the end of 1948 and broken up at Hayle 19-Jan-1949.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-45 and North Africa 1942.


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This page last edited - 23 October, 2012.

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