HMS Reading (1940) DD  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Reading was a Town Class, destroyer. One of 50 sold to the Royal Navy under the destroyers for bases agreement.

Originally the USS Bailey DD269, built by Bethlehem Steel of Squantum, laid down 03-Jun-1918, launched 05-Feb-1919, commissioned in the US Navy 27-Jun-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 26-Nov-1940 and renamed.

Arrived at Devonport 17-Dec-1940 for refit which lasted until 08-Mar-1941. Then joined the 8th Escort Group. Moved on to the 23rd Escort Group with the Newfoundland Escort Force at St. Johns 07-Jul-1941.

After a short time returned to the UK for another refit which lasted until 25-Nov-1941. After a five week work-up became an air target ship at the Moray Firth and transferred to Rosyth Command Feb-1944.

Paid off at Grangemouth 11-Jul-1945.

Sold 24-Jul-1945 and broken up at Inverkeithing.

Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1941-42.


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This page last edited - 05 May, 2013.

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