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ROYAL NAVY AT FREETOWN (V W) - V W - 16 PAGES

2)VELOX (DESTROYER)



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Completed: 1918


Displacement: 1272 tons


Length: 300 ft


Beam: 26,9 ft


Draught: 9 ft


Propulsion: 3 Yarrow type Water-tube boilers, Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 2 shafts, 27,000 shp (20,000 kW)


Armament: 4 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) L/45 Mark V guns, mounting P Mk. I
2 ×
QF 2 pdr pom-pom Mk. II


2 × twin tubes for 21" torpedoes. Later converted to one twin and one triple tube


Speed: 34 kts


Complement: 110


HMS Velox D 34 was nominated for Local Escort duties at Freetown in December 40 and took passage to join Local Escort Force. She remained at Freetown until April 1941 when was nominated for temporary service at Gibraltar for support of planned passage of military convoy to Egypt (Operation TIGER. Returned June 1941 to Freetown for convoy Escort duties where remained until Sep 1942 with brief duty at Gibraltar. Broken up 1947.


In her south Atlantic station HMS Velox  picked up the master, 60 crew members and five gunners from British Merchant City of Wellington sunk 21/Aug/42 by U-506 in pos. 07º 29”N 14º 40”W. 7 crewmembers were lost. City of Wellington was loaded with 5000 tons of General Cargo, 2000 tons of copper ore and 500 tons of chrome ore. Survivors  landed at Freetown on 22 August.


Activities developed by HMS Velox in the South Atlantic.


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December   Nominated for Local Escort duties at Freetown and took passage to join Local Escort Force.


On arrival deployed for convoy defence.


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January   Deployed at Freetown for Atlantic convoy defence.


8th  Joined military convoy WS5A with HM Destroyer VIDETTE, HM Sloops


BRIDGEWATER and MILFORD, HM Corvettes ASPHODEL and CALENDULA for Local


Escort from Freetown.


9th Detached from WS5A during passage to Capetown.


22nd  Joined HM Corvettes ASPHODEL and CALENDULA in escort of military convoy WS5B for passage into Freetown.             


25th Detached with Local Escort on arrival of WS5B at Freetown.


February  Atlantic convoy defence in continuation. to

March


April  Nominated for temporary service at Gibraltar for support of planned passage of military convoy to Egypt (Operation TIGER – See above references.)


30th Deployed at Gibraltar


May

4th Joined TIGER Convoy as screen for HM Battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH with HM


Destroyers FORESIGHT, FORTUNE and FEARLESS in Atlantic escort for TIGER Convoy during final stage of Atlantic passage from UK.  (Note : This was to allow HM Battlecruiser REPULSE, HM Destroyers HAVELOCK,  HESPERUS and HIGHLANDER to refuel before rejoining convoy from Gibraltar


7th  Released from TIGER detached service at Gibraltar and took passage to resume Freetown convoy defence.


June Deployed at Freetown.


16th  Joined military convoy WS9A with H M Destroyers BOREAS, BRILLIANT and HIGHLANDER for Local Escort into Freetown.


18th  Detached from WS9A with Local Escort on arrival at Freetown.


20th Joined WS9A with HM Destroyers BOREAS, VANSITTART and WILD SWAN on departure from Freetown for Local Escort.


22nd  Detached from WS9A with Local Escort and returned to Freetown.


July

16th Joined military convoy WS9B with HM Destroyers BOREAS, BRILLIANT and VANSITTART on departure from Freetown for Local Escort.


18th  Detached with Local Escort and returned to Freetown.


August 14th 

Joined HM Destroyer JUPITER in escort of military convoy WS10 with HM Destroyer WRESTLER and HM Corvette BERGAMOT for passage into Freetown.


17th Detached from WS10 on arrival at Freetown with Local Escort.


27th  Joined military convoy WS10X during passage to Freetown and detached on arrival


September


13th  Joined FAST Section of military convoy WS11 with HM Destroyer WRESTLER and Corvette STARWORT off Freetown and detached on arrival.


18th Joined SLOW Section of military convoy WS11 on departure from Freetown as Local Escort with HMS WRESTLER.


20th Detached from WS11 SLOW with HMS WRESTLER and returned to Freetown.


October

11th  Joined military convoy WS12 with HM Destroyer WRESTLER for Local Escort.


14th  Detached from WS12 with Local Escort on arrival at Freetown.


19th  Joined WS12 with BMS WRESTLER, HM Corvettes ANCHUSA, CALENDULA and MIGNONETTE as Local Escort on departure from Freetown.


22nd  Detached from WS12 with Local Escort and returned to Freetown.


November

21st Joined military convoy WS12Z with HM Destroyer VIMY as Local Escort during final stage passage into Freetown.


25th  Detached from WS12Z on arrival at Freetown.


December  


Freetown deployment in continuation. Nominated for return to Gibraltar for Local Escort duty.


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January  Deployment at Gibraltar in continuation.

to April


May 19th Joined military convoy WS19 for Local Escort into Freetown.


22nd  Detached from W519 with Local Escort on arrival at Freetown. (Note HMS BOREAS and HMS WILD SWAN had joined on 20th.)


June 11th  Joined HM Destroyers BLACKMORE and DERWENT in escort of military convoy WS19P for passage into Freetown.


15th  Detached from WS19P on arrival at Freetown.


19th  Joined WS19P on departure from Freetown with HM Destroyers DERWENT, PATHFINDER, PENN and QUENTIN for escort during passage to Capetown.  (Note : HM Battleships NELSON and RODNEY were providing Ocean Escort.)           


22nd  Detached from WS19P during passage and returned to Freetown.


30th Joined HM Destroyers BLACKMORE, BRILLIANT and VIMY in Local Escort for military convoy WS20 during passage into Freetown.


July 2nd  Detached from WS20 with Local Escort on arrival at Freetown.


6th  Joined WS20 with HM Destroyer BOREAS for Local Escort on departure from Freetown.


8th  Detached from WS20 with HMS BOREAS and then escorted ss BATORY to Takoradi before return to Freetown.

(Note : HM Battleship MALAYA was providing Ocean Escort.)


August

10th   Joined HM Destroyers CATTERICK, LEDBURY and PETARD in escort for military convoy WS21 and detached on arrival at Freetown the same day


September  Freetown deployment in continuation. Nominated for transfer to Gibraltar for escort of military convoys prior to planned allied  landings in North Africa (Operation TORCH 


 

 

 

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