HMS Belmont (H46)
|Pennant:||H 46 /G46|
|Built by:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down:||10 July, 1918|
|Launched:||21 Dec, 1918|
|Commissioned:||09 Oct, 1940|
|Lost:||31 Jan, 1942 ( Lt. Cdr.G.B.O. Harding, RN.) (c 42-02'N, 57-18'W) North Atlantic, SE of Halifax, Nova Scotia Sunk by 1 torpedo from German U-82 (Lt.Cdr.Rollmann).|
History: Battle Honour
8th Commissioned as HMS BELMONT at Halifax.
Prepared for Atlantic passage.
15th Took passage for Devonport with call at St Johns, Newfoundland.
28th Taken in hand for Stage 1 modifications to suit RN deployment.
(Note : These included removal of mainmast and shortening of foremast.
The three after funnels were also shortened and the after 3" and 4"
12pdr British HA gun in "X" position.
Two of the torpedo tube mountings aft were also
removed and British type Depth
Throwers were installed.
November Nominated for Atlantic convoy defence after work-up.
25th During post refit trials further defects delayed planned start of work-up.
December Repair work in continuation
January Post repair sea trials and prepared for work-up.
During passage to Scapa Flow defects were repaired at Milford Haven.
5th Arrived at Scapa Flow for work-up with Home Fleet.
February Completion of Work-up delayed by defects
March Joined Western Approaches for service
22nd Damaged in collision in Irish Sea
Taken in hand for repair in Liverpool shipyard.
April/July Under repair.
Radar Type 286M with fixed aerial was fitted during this period.
This was RAF equipment modified for naval use in small warships.
August On completion of repair carried out post repair trials.
20th Joined 3rd Escort Group based in Liverpool for Atlantic convoy defence
September Deployed for Atlantic convoy defence with Group
October Part of escort for Convoy ON24 with ships of Group.
November Nominated for transfer to St. Johns for Local Escort duty.
30th Took passage to join Newfoundland Escort Force.
December Deployed at St Johns and escorted Halifax -UK convoy with Polish destroyer ORP GARLAND
in western Atlantic.
1 9 4 2
January Newfoundland Escort Force service in continuation.
31st During escort of return troop convoy NA2 hit by torpedo from U82 (Lt. Cdr. Rollmann) off Halifax.
Sank with the loss of entire ship's company in position (42.02N 57-18W.)
Escorting Canadian troop convoy NA2 to UK (Battle of the Atlantic) HMS Belmont was serving in
the 3rd Escort Group.
There were no survivors, all 138 crewmembers perished.
|Former name:||USS Satterlee (DD 190)|