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HMS Bleasdale (L50)

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Name  HMS Bleasdale
Laid down  31 October 1940
Fate  Scrapped in 1956
Launched  23 July 1941
Draft  3.51 m
Ordered  19 July 1940
Completed  16 April 1942
Construction started  31 October 1940
Length  85 m
Builder  Vickers-Armstrongs
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Honours and awards  English Channel 1942-44 Dieppe 1942 North Sea 1943-45 Normandy 1944 Atlantic 1944

HMS Bleasdale was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was a member of the third subgroup of the class, and saw service in the Second World War. All the ships of this class were named after British fox hunts. She was the first Royal Navy warship with this name, after the Bleasdale hunt in Lancashire. In 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of Garstang in Lancashire, as part of Warship Week.

Service History

On commissioning Bleasdale served in the English Channel. In 1942 she was allocated as part of the Naval escort force for the unsuccessful Dieppe Raid in July 1942. In 1943 she remained in the English Channel. In 1944 she served mostly in the English Channel and was part of the escort force for the assault and landings in Normandy, as part of the D-Day operations. She provided gunfire support on Juno Beach.

In 1945 she was nominated for service in the Far East and underwent refit before passage. She was at Port Swetteneham in the Far East when the Japanese surrender was signed. She returned to the UK and was paid off at Chatham and placed in reserve on 16 November 1945.

In February 1946 she was recommissioned for the Nore Local Fltilla and the following year too part in Operation 'Big Bang'for the demilitarization of German defences at Heligoland. On 21 April 1952 she was again placed into reserve at Sheerness.

She was subsequently placed on the disposal list sold for scrap to Hughes Bolckow. She arrived at their ship breaking yard at Blyth on 14 September 1956.


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