H.M.S. Achates (1929)

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H.M.S. Achates (1929)
Pendant Number: H12
Builder: John Brown & Company
Laid down: 11 Sep, 1928
Launched: 4 Oct, 1929
Commissioned: 11 Feb, 1930
Sunk: 31 Dec, 1942
H.M.S. Achates was one of eleven "A" Class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy.


Captain Miles was appointed in command of the light cruiser Comus in August, 1929, and while acting as Captain (D) of the Third Destroyer Flotilla, in command of "A" class destroyers Codrington, Acasta, and Active in 1930 through 1932. Achates was commissioned at Clydebank on 31 March, 1930.[1]

On 4 April, 1932, Active and Achates collided and Their Lordships informed Miles that "he must be held very seriously to blame for a grave error of judgment."[2]

She re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 19 October, 1932.[3]

Re-commissioned at Devonport on 23 July, 1935.[4]


See Also


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 214.
  2. Miles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 327.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 213.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 213.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 214.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 213.
  7. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 253.

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