HMS Helvig

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  1. Dear all,

    My grandfather served on HMS Helvig between August 1941 and November 1942. He was Lt. Arthur Smith, a career naval officer and mining specialist - I speculate that he was the head of the CM department on the ship, but do not know for sure. I have been trying to get information on the ship's movements during the period of his service on Helvig. I know that it was a part of the Rosyth Escort Force during this time. I know also that it escorted a couple of convoys to Freetown (Sierra Leone) during 1940, that it was also involved in coastal escort work (up the east cost of the UK) and that from late November 1942 it escorted several convoys to/from Algiers in support of Operation Torch. However, I have no information on the specific 15 months during which my grandfather served. I would be very grateful for any pointers.

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

  3. Thanks, but I've previously searched that (very good) page. Unfortunately Helvig is not listed - probably because it was a "requisitioned" Danish merchantman converted to serve as a Base Mine Depot Ship (and subsequently Forward Defence Ship - i.e. anti-submarine). Hence, it was only under Admiralty orders for about 5 1/2 years.
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