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HMS Acasta (1930) DD  (3rd)

    
This the third ship to carry the name HMS Acasta was an A Class, destroyer.

Built by John Brown on he Clyde, laid down 13-Aug-1928, launched 07-Aug-1929, and commissioned 11-Feb-1930.

On commissioning Acasta joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.

Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.

The start of WW2, saw her in the Channel with the 18th Flotilla. Then in Feb-1940 moved to the Home Fleet for the Norwegian Campaign.

On the afternoon of Saturday 08-Jun-1940, Acasta in company with her sister ship Ardent was escorting the Aircraft Carrier HMS Glorious in the Norwegian Sea, west of Narvik, when they were intercepted by the German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. All three British ships were sunk by gunfire in a little over two hours, with the loss of over 1,500 officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force. Before being overwhelmed Acasta torpedoed and badly damaged Scharnhorst.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-40, Norway 1940 and 'Scharnhorst' 1940.

 

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This page last edited - 09 January, 2013.

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