HMS Lance (G87)
|Built by:||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered:||31 Mar, 1938|
|Laid down:||1 Mar, 1939|
|Launched:||28 Nov, 1940|
|Commissioned:||13 May, 1941|
|Lost:||9 Apr, 1942 Sunk by aircraft bombs at Malta. Later salvaged.|
9 Nov, 1941
The British Force K, made up of the British light cruisers HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope and the British destroyers HMS Lance and HMS Lively, intercept an Italian convoy some 130 south-west off Calabria in approximate position 37.08N, 18.09E. The Italian convoy is bound from Naples to Tripoli.
In the resulting battle the Italian destroyer Fulmine is sunk as well as the German transports Duisburg (7389 BRT) and San Marco (3113 BRT), the Italian transports Maria (6339 BRT), Sagitta (5153 BRT) and Rina Corrado (5180 BRT), and the Italian Conte di Misurata (5014 BRT) and Minatitlan (7599 BRT). The Italian destroyers Grecale and Euro are damaged.
24 Nov, 1941
The two German tansports in the convoy Maritza (2910 BRT) and Procida (1842 BRT) are both sunk by HMS Penelope and HMS Lively dispite the precense of the Italian torpedo boats Lupo and Cassiopea.
19 Dec, 1941