HMS Havant


The destroyer Javary was laid down at J.Samuel White & Co in East Cowes for the Brazilian navy in March 1938. She was launched in July 1939, and after the outbreak of world war two she was bought by Royal Navy. She was put to service in December 1939 as HMS Havant and participated as an escort for Allied forces when Norway was invaded by the German Wehrmacht in April 1940 and under the British occupation of Iceland in May 1940. In May 1940 the Allied forces were surrounded at the city of Dunquerque, and it was decided to evacuate as many as possible. Havant arrived 29.May and evacuated over 2000 soldiers the following two days. On her way over to Dover on the morning 1.June she was attacked by German JU87 Stuka airplanes and hit by three bombs. She was taken under tow but later that same day she was sunk by fire from the British minesweeper HMS Saltash. The wreck rest today on a depth of approximately 25 meter outside the French city of Dunquerque ( Dunkirk ).

Former names:
HMS Havant
Javary, H 32
323,0 x 33,0 x 12,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1340 displ
( UK ) 1939
( UK )

51.08 N 02.16 E
( Source: Naval History )

Picture: HMS Havant
Courtesy of Stfaith

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Last updated: May 2019