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HMS Obedient (G48)

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Name  HMS Obedient
Laid down  22 May 1940
Construction started  22 May 1940
Length  105 m
Ordered  3 September 1939
Commissioned  30 October 1942
Launched  30 April 1942
Draft  4.11 m
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Identification  Pennant number G48 later D248
Honours and awards  Jutland 1916 Arctic 1942-44 Barents Sea 1942 Atlantic 1943 Normandy 1944
Builder  William Denny and Brothers

HMS Obedient was an O-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was built by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton, between 1940 and 1942. During Warship Week in 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of Lymington, United Kingdom. She was scrapped in 1962.


Second World War service

On commissioning Obedient joined the 17th Destroyer Flotilla for service with the Home Fleet. During the Second World War she escorted Arctic convoys in 1942 and 1944, and Atlantic convoys in 1943, taking part in the Battle of the Barents Sea in 1942.

During June 1944 she was deployed in the English Channel for patrol duties to assist with the Normandy landings. In April 1945 she was converted for mine-laying duties and undertook mine-laying duties in the Northwestern approaches.

Postwar service

In August 1946 Obedient underwent refit. Following this she took part in Operation "Deadlight", the destruction of surrendered U-Boats in the Northwest Approaches. She then joined the Portsmouth Local Flotilla for use by the Torpedo School. The ship was reduced to Reserve status in October 1947 at Sheerness and was refitted in 1949. She was re-commissioned on 17 October 1952 and deployed at Portsmouth for service in the Local Flotilla. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

After July 1953 she was used for Air-Sea rescue duties during air operations by aircraft carriers in the English Channel. After acceptance into the Reserve Fleet at Chatham in December that year she briefly commissioned for further service for trials in February 1956 but then returned to Reserve at Chatham. A proposal to convert this ship and Obdurate for use as anti-submarine frigates was not implemented and she was laid-up in Reserve at Hartlepool in 1957. The ship was put on the Disposal List in 1961 and sold to BISCO for demolition by Hughes Bolcow, She arrived in tow at the Breakers yard in Blyth on 19 October 1962.


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