HMS Vivacious (D36)

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Navy: Royal Navy
Type: Destroyer
Class: Admiralty V & W 
Pennant: D 36 
Built by: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Laid down: Jul, 1916 
Launched: 3 Nov, 1917 
Commissioned: 29 Dec, 1917 
  Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in December 1942.Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947. 
  27 May, 1940
In the evening, the Polish destroyer Blyskawica received orders to meet with the British destroyers HMS Gallant and HMS Vivacious to enter the small port of La Panne (in the Dunkirk area) and evacuate part of RAF personnel. Unfortunely, she failed to find her partners and didn't complete the task. Instead of this, she was ordered to enter Dunkirk harbour together with the British destroyer HMS Vega and conduct a night reconnisance mission. The Admiralty wanted to find out, if this harbour (partially blocked by wrecks) may be useful in Allied evacuation. Both destroyers were attacked by two German aircraft, but inspected the positions of wrecks. After that, Admiral Ramsey learned that navy vessels are able to conduct evacuation from Dunkirk and sent part of them there.

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