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 and renamed HMS Havant. She was commissioned in December 1939, and participated as an escort for the Allied forces when Norway was invaded by the German's in April 1940, and took part under the British occupation of Iceland the month after. 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 in 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 had to be abandoned and was sunk by fire from the British minesweeper HMS Saltash. The wreck rest today on a depth of 25 meter outside the French city of Dunkirk.

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

51.08 N 02.16 E
( Source: Naval History )

Picture: HMS Havant
Courtesy of Stfaith

Last updated: May 2019