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Destroyer histories. Royal naval U and V class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Grenville, HMS Ulster, HMS Ulysses, HMS Undaunted, HMS Undine, HMS Urania, HMS Urchin, HMS Ursa, HMS Hardy, HMS Valentine, HMS Venus, HMS Verulam, HMS Vigilant, HMS Virago, HMS Vixen and HMS Volage from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of U and V Class destroyers.

HMS Urania.  Built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and launched on the 19th May 1943.  Served in the Mediterranean  until 1944 when she went to the Pacific.  Scrapped at Faslane March 1971.

Displacement 1710 Tons.  Speed 36.75 knots. Compliment 180.  Armament: four 4.7 inch guns. two 40mm AA. and 8 - 20mm AA (in pairs) and eight 21inch Torpedo Tubes in two sets of four. 

HMS Grenville  R.97 12th October 1942 For disposal 1979. (See above)
HMS Ulster  R.83 9th November 1942 Used as an accommodation ship 1979.
HMS Ulysses R.69 22nd April 1943 Broken up 1970 at Plymouth.
HMS Undaunted  R.53 19th July 1943 Sunk as a target 1978.
HMS Undine  R.42 1st June 1943 Broken up November 1965 at Newport.
HMS Urania  R.05 19th May 1943 Broken up March 1971 at Faslane.
HMS Urchin  R.99 8th March 1943 Broken up August 1967 at Troon.
HMS Ursa  R.22 22nd July 1943 Broken up  September  1967. at Newport 
HMS Hardy  R.08 18th March 1943 Sunk on 30th January 1944.
HMS Valentine  R.17  (ex Kempenfelt) 2nd September 1943  becoming RCN Alongquin 1944 finally Broken up 1971.
HMS Venus  R.50  23rd February 1943 Broken up 1972.
HMS Verulam  R.28  22nd April 1943 Broken up 1972.
HMS Vigilant  R,93 22nd December 1942 Broken up  June 1965 at Faslane.
HMS Virago   R.75 4th February 1943 Broken up June 1965 at Faslane.
HMS Vixen  R.64 14th September 1943 Became RCN Sioux in 1944 finally Broken up August 1965 at Spezia.
HMS Volage  R.41  15th December 1943 Broken up 1976.

HMS Grenville

HMS Grenville, September 1970.

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HMS Grenville, October 1954.

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HMS Grenville, 1944.

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HMS Venus

R.50 HMS Venus leaving Valletta Harbour.  Thanks to 'Clive' for sending this photo in.

HMS Venus, between November 1947 and October 1949.

Contributed by Vince Taylor, whose father, Arthur Charles Taylor, was on HMS Venus between these dates

Crew of HMS Venus, 1947 - 1949.

Contributed by Vince Taylor, whose father is directly behind the Captain in this photo.

Crew members of HMS Venus, including Arthur Charles Taylor (left).

Contributed by Vince Taylor.

HMS Virago

HMS Virago leaving Malta

HMS Virago at Malta 1946.

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Doug Wilkin CPO Engineer on HMS Virago at Mulberry Club, Haifa 1946.

This photograph was taken the first Sunday after coming
back from Trest after Divisions, at Malta.

Left to right Doug Wilkin, Bob, Ginger and Jock

Above photographs courtesy of Tom Wilkin.

HMS Volage

HMS Volage.Contributed by email.