HMS Hunter (H35)

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Navy: Royal Navy
Type: Destroyer
Pennant: H 35 
Built by: Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.)
Ordered: 5 Sep, 1934 
Laid down: 26 Mar, 1935 
Launched: 25 Feb, 1936 
Commissioned: 20 Sep, 1936 
Complement: 145
Lost: 10 Apr, 1940 (Lt. Cdr. L. De Villiers, RN.) was badly damaged by gunfire from German destroyer Georg Thieleand a collision with HMS Hotspur did the rest. The ship sank in the centre of the fjord with heavy loss of life. 
History: Part of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla in 1st Battle of Narvik. Together with HMS Hardy, HMS Havock, HMS Hostile and HMS Hotspur carried out a successful attack on German destroyers. Two of these German destroyers, Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp were sunk along with several merchant ships. On withdrawing to sea the flotilla met further German destroyers and in a brief action HMS Hardy was was badly hit from gunfire from the German destroyer , her bridge, wheelhouse and forward guns being knocked out. Out of control, she drove ashore on the southern side of the fjord. 

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