HMS Locust (T28)
HMS Locust, 25 February 1942
|Ordered:||20 June 1938|
|Builder:||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd., Scotstoun|
|Laid down:||29 November 1938|
|Launched:||28 September 1939|
|Commissioned:||17 May 1940|
|Reclassified:||Royal Naval Reserve drill ship in 1951|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking, 1968|
|Class & type:||Dragonfly-class river gunboat|
|Length:||197 ft (60 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draught:||5 ft (1.5 m)|
|Installed power:||3,800 shp (2,800 kW)|
|Speed:||17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h) (max)|
|Range:||90 tons of fuel|
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.
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.
She was placed in reserve from 1946 until 1951 when she was converted to a drill ship for the Royal Naval Reserve and used for training. She was decommissioned in 1968 and sold on 24 May 1968 to Cashmore for breaking. She was broken up in Newport.
- Colledge (2006) pp.233-234.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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