HMS Locust (T28)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Locust.
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HMS Locust, 25 February 1942
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Locust
Ordered: 20 June 1938
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd., Scotstoun[1]
Laid down: 29 November 1938
Launched: 28 September 1939[1]
Commissioned: 17 May 1940
Decommissioned: May 1946
Reclassified: Royal Naval Reserve drill ship in 1951
Fate: Sold for breaking, 1968
General characteristics
Class & type: Dragonfly-class river gunboat
Displacement: 585 tons[1]
Length: 197 ft (60 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Installed power: 3,800 shp (2,800 kW)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Parsons geared steam turbines
  • 2 × 78-inch, 3-bladed propellers
  • 3 × rudders
Speed: 17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h) (max)
Range: 90 tons of fuel
Complement: 74
Armament:
  • 1939-1941:
  • Upper platform: 1 × 0.5-inch quad-barrel machine gun
  • Battery deck: 1 × 4-inch QF Mk V gun, 1 × 3.7-inch howitzer, 2 × 2-inch deck-mounted mortars
  • Main deck: 1 × 4-inch QF Mk V gun, 1 × 0.5-inch quad-barrel machine gun
  • 1941-1946:
  • Upper platform: 1 × 0.5-inch quad-barrel machine gun
  • Battery deck: 1 × 4-inch QF Mk V gun, 1 × 2-pdr 4-barrel pom-pom, 2 × 2-inch deck-mounted mortars
  • Main deck: 1 × 4-inch QF Mk V gun, 1 × 0.5-inch quad-barrel machine gun
  • From 1946:
  • Upper platform: 2 × Oerlikon 20mm Mk VIIIA machine gun
  • Battery deck: 1 × 25-pdr gun, 1 × 2-pdr 4-barrel pom-pom, 2 × 2-inch deck-mounted mortars
  • Main deck: 1 × 4-inch QF Mk V gun, 1 × Oerlikon Mk VIIA machine gun

HMS Locust was one of 4 Dragonfly-class river gunboats of the Royal Navy, and was named after the locust, an insect. Launched on 28 September 1939 and commissioned on 17 May 1940, she survived the Second World War despite being severely damaged many times, including taking a shell hit during Operation Overlord.

Service

Locust had a central role in Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. She was commanded by Commander Robert Ryder, who had previously attacked the drydock in Operation Chariot, the St Nazaire Raid. Locust carried about 200 Royal Marine Commandos.

She served during Operation Overlord, during which she received a hit from shellfire.

Fate

She was placed in reserve from 1946 until 1951 when she was converted to a drill ship for the Royal Naval Reserve[1] and used for training. She was decommissioned in 1968 and sold on 24 May 1968 to Cashmore for breaking.[1] She was broken up in Newport.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Colledge (2006) pp.233-234.

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