HMS Ashanti (1938) DD (1st)
This the first ship to carry the name HMS Ashanti was a Tribal
Built by Denny, laid down 23-Nov-1936, launched 05-Nov-1937, and commissioned 21-Dec-1938.
At the start of WW2 Ashanti was with the 6th Flotilla with the Home Fleet. She took part in Norwegian Operations. From 1941 spent most of her time in arctic waters with occasional detachment to the Mediterranean for important Malta convoy escort work.
By Oct-1942 she was one of only four surviving Tribal destroyers, out of the sixteen launched.
By mid 1944 with the 10th Destroyer Flotilla saw considerable action in the Channel before, during and after the Normandy landing.
With the wind down of naval operations at the end of the war in Europe, Ashanti went to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean, and operated against Japanese light forces off the coasts of Malaya and Burma. As she had been arcticised, living conditions in tropical waters must have been very unpleasant for the ships company.
Sold 12-Apr-1949 and broken up at Troon.
Other HMS Ashanti
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