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HMS Hogue (D74)

HMS Hogue (D74)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Hogue
Laid down: 6 January 1943
Launched: 21 April 1944
Commissioned: 24 July 1945
Identification: Pennant number D74
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class & type: Battle-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,315 tons standard / 3,290 tons full load
Length: 379 ft (116 m)
Beam: 40 ft 3 in (12.27 m)
  • 12.75 ft (3.89 m) standard
  • 15.3 ft (4.7 m) full load
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nmi (8,100 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 247 peace time, 308 war
  • 2 × twin 4.5 in guns QF Mark III on mounting BD Mk. IV
  • 1 × single 4 in gun QF Mk. XXIII on mount Mk. III
  • 4 × twin 40 mm Bofors mounts "Hazemeyer" Mk. IV
  • 4-6 × single 40 mm Bofors mounts Mk. VII
  • 2 × quad tubes for 21 in (533 mm) torpedoes Mk. IX
  • Two depth charge rails.
  • Four depth charge throwers.
  • Depth charges later replaced by 1 × Squid A/S mortar

HMS Hogue was a Battle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that was commissioned during the Second World War. She was named after the Battle of La Hogue, fought between the British and French in 1692.

Hogue was built at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead during the Second World and launched on 21 April 1944.


After being commissioned on 24 July 1945, Hogue joined the 19th Destroyer Flotilla of the British Pacific Fleet.[1] She remained on station until withdrawn from service in 1947 and placed in reserve.[1]

Selected for modernisation and refitted, Hogue returned to service in 1957 with the 1st Destroyer Squadron in the Home and Mediterranean Fleets.[1] With sister ships Lagos and Solebay, Hogue patrolled the waters around Iceland.[2] She operated against the Icelandic Coast Guard during the First Cod War. In September, it was claimed by Iceland that she had collided with the trawler Northern Foam while trying to prevent her being boarded by the Maria Julia.[3]

In 1959, Hogue almost collided while refuelling with the aircraft carrier Centaur in the Bay of Biscay.[4] She was used with the destroyer Cavalier to depict the destroyer night attacks in the film "Sink the Bismarck!".

While participating in a night-time exercise with other navies off Ceylon on 25 August, Hogue collided with the Indian light cruiser INS Mysore.[1] Hogue rammed into Mysore, effectively crushing the destroyer's bow,[5] killing a sailor and wounding three others.[6] So extensive was the damage that she was maintained in Singapore until broken up there in 1962, having been deemed to be a "Constructive Total Loss".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004). "HMS Hogue (H.74) - Battle-class Destroyer". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Yuletide Fare in "Drop" by Shackletons, The Glasgow Herald, 22 December 1958, p. 2
  3. ^ Trawler Hits Destroyer off Island, The Age, 1 October, p. 3.
  4. ^ Wettern, Desmond (1982), The decline of British seapower, p. 179.
  5. ^ Ships monthly, p. 11
  6. ^ Wettern, Desmond (1982), The decline of British seapower, p. 171


  • Hodges, Peter (1971). Battle Class Destroyers. London: Almark Publishing.  
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