HMS Khartoum (F45)
|Built by:||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Laid down:||27 Oct, 1937|
|Launched:||6 Feb, 1939|
|Commissioned:||6 Nov, 1939|
June, 1940. in pos.c(12.38'N, 43.24'E)
Was heavily damaged by fire, and beached in the Red Sea off Perim after a gunfire action with the Italian submarine Torricelli. Declared a constructive total loss.
|History:||The fire aboard Khartoum
broke out 5 and a half hours after the sinking of the Torcelli.
Toricelli was sunk at 0624 local time by RN. destroyers HMS Kingston, HMS Kandahar
and Khartoum as well as the sloop HMS Shoreham. The fire aboard Khartoum
started at 1150. A torpedo air flask exploded propelling the warhead
through the deck house of number 3 4.7\" mount. A ruptured oil tank for the
mount started the fire which led eventually to the loss of the ship. Her
loss seems more due to inexperienced damage control. The Admiralty inquest
ruled out damage from enemy action and sabotage but captured members of the
Toricelli\'s crew were housed aboard. (Primary source are Admiralty records
used in the book, "The Kelly's" by Christopher Langtree on page 106.)
23 Jun, 1940
Khartoum and Shoreham were hit by shells from the Torricelli. Khartoum was destroyed by fire a few hours after the battle.