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HMS Lark (U11)
File:HMS Lark 1944 IWM FL 9968.jpg
HMS Lark anchored in 1944.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Lark
Namesake: Lark
Ordered: 27 March 1941
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock
Laid down: 5 May 1942
Launched: 28 August 1943
Commissioned: 10 April 1944
Decommissioned: 17 February 1945
Identification: Pennant number: U11
Fate: Handed over to Soviet Navy
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: Neptun
Acquired: June 1945
Fate: Scrapped in 1956
General characteristics
Class & type: Modified Black Swan-class sloop
Displacement: 1,350 tons
Length: 283 ft (86 m)
Beam: 38.5 ft (11.7 m)
Propulsion:
  • Geared turbines
  • two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h) at 4,300 hp (3,200 kW)
Complement: 192 men + 1 Cat
Armament:

HMS Lark was a modified Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock on 5 May 1942, launched on 28 August 1943 and commissioned on 10 April 1944, with the pennant number U11.[1]

Service in Royal Navy

Upon completion of her preparations in Tobermory, the Lark was deployed to defend convoys for Western Command. Then in May and June 1944, he was part of the 114th Escort Group 114 with the sloop HMS Crane, HMS Blankney, HMS Chelmer and HMS Torrington to escort the assault convoys during the Allied landings in Normandy. during Operation Neptune. Then he was assigned to protect arctic convoys (convoys JW61 to JW64 and RA61 to RA64) to supply the Russian front in Kola Bay. On 17 February 1945, U-425 was sunk in the Barents Sea east of the Rybatchi Peninsula by depth charges from HMS Lark and HMS Alnwick Castle at the geographic position. The same day, at 10:15 a.m., the German submarine U-968 fired an acoustic torpedo at convoy RA64 and observed a hit after 6 minutes 20 seconds. In fact, HMS Lark was hit aft northeast of Murmansk so she was towed into Kola Bay and grounded near Rosta.[2] HMS Lark was unequipped at Rosta because she was unable to return to the UK under tow. In June 1945, the carcass from which most of the equipment was removed was handed over to the Soviet Navy.

Service in Soviet Navy

Postwar reports suggest that she may have later been taken into Russian Navy under the name Neptun, but this has not been proven. It is unlikely that the hull was rebuilt and retooled for further use.[3]

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