HMS Mermaid (U30)

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Photograph of HMS Mermaid in 1944
Mermaid underway in 1944
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Mermaid
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland
Laid down: 8 September 1942
Launched: 11 November 1943
Completed: 12 May 1944
Fate: Sold to West Germany, 5 May 1959
Career (West Germany) Deutsche Marine Jack
Name: Scharnhorst
Acquired: 5 May 1959
Decommissioned: 1980
Fate: Broken up, April 1990
General characteristics
Class and type: Modified Black Swan class sloop

HMS Mermaid was a Modified Black Swan class sloop of the Royal Navy.

Mermaid, built by William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland, was laid down on 8 September 1942, launched on 11 November 1943, and completed 12 May 1944.

During her World War II service Mermaid contributed to the destruction of two U-boats, U-354 in the Barents Sea on 24 August 1944, and U-394 in the Norwegian Sea on 2 September 1944.

In 1945 Mermaid was assigned to the British Pacific Fleet. However arriving at Aden en route she learned of the Japanese surrender, and of her recall for service with the Mediterranean Fleet as part of the 33rd Escort Flotilla. The ship remained in the Mediterranean up to 1954 when she returned to Britain to be placed in reserve status at Portsmouth.

After three years Mermaid was sold. The ship was transferred to West German Bundesmarine as Scharnhorst on 5 May 1959. Modernised in 196l-62 and used as gunnery training vessel, the Scharnhorst was removed from the active list in 1980 and broken up in 1990.

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