H . M . S
. I N C O N S T A N T ( H 4 9 )
Modified I-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from
Vickers Armstrong Barrow in 1939 by the Turkish Government and laid down on
24th May 1939 as Yard No 747 and to be named MUAVENET. After being
requisitioned by the Admiralty in September 1939 she was renamed INCONSTANT
when launched on 15th December 1940. and the 6th RN ship to carry this name
introduced in 1778 for a French Prize (Frigate PALLAS). It was last used for a
Light Cruiser sold in 1922. Her build was completed on 24th January 1942. but
the ship is not included in the List of Adoptions by UK civil communities
following WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaigns during 1941 and 1942.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
TOULON 1793 - GENOA 1795 - EGYPT 1901 - ALEXANDRIA 1882
- JUTLAND 1916 - DIEGO SUAREZ 1942 - ARCTIC 1942-44
- SICILY 1943 - ATLANTIC 1943-33
- NORMANDY 1944 - ENGLISH CHANNEL 1944
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M o t t o
'In Constancy constant'
D e t a i l s o
f W a r S e r v i c e
1 9 4 2
January Contractors trials.
24th Build completed and
commenced Acceptance Trials
On completion of
trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow.
February Worked-up for operational
service with Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
On completion deployed
at Scapa Flow in NW Approaches.
March Part of screen for Home Fleet
ships covering passage of Russian convoy PQ12
and returning QP8.
(Note : For full
details of ships deployed for Russian Convoy cover and escort
see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA
by RA Ruegg, CONVOY ! by P Kemp, ARCTIC
R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield.
Nominated for service
in Eastern Fleet.
Prepared for foreign
23rd Joined escort for military
convoy WS17 with HM Destroyers JAVELIN and PAKENHAM.
Deployed as screen for
HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS to provide anti-submarine
26th Took part in
anti-submarine hunt with HMS JAVELIN.
(Note : Attack by U587
on convoy was prevented.
This submarine was
sunk by other escorts when making further attack the
See U-BOATS DESTROYED
by P Kemp).
31st Detached from WS17 with
HMS ILLUSTRIOUS for independent passage to Freetown.
9th Joined escort for Convoy
WS17 at Freetown for passage to Cape of Good Hope.
18th Detached from WS 17 before
arrival at Cape Town.
Passage to Durban to
Joined 12th Destroyer
Flotilla and took pert in preparations for Madagascar landings
5th Part of covering force
with Flotilla at Diego Suarez (Operation IRONCLAD).
12th Detached for duty in
Took passage to
Alexandria. Deployed with Mediterranean Fleet.
June Joined HM Destroyers
HASTY, HERO, JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN, NAPIER (RAN),
NESTOR (RAN), NIZAM
(RAN), NORMAN (RAN), PAKENHAM, PALADIN, SIKH
and ZULU as screen for
HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, BIRMINGHAM, CLEOPATRA,
DIDO and NEWCASTLE
as escort for Malta relief convoy from Egypt
The Supply of Malta by Arnold
Hague for details.)
12th Sailed from Alexandria
with Fleet units.
14th Joined ships of MW11
15th Under air attacks and
threat by superior force of Italian warships.
Under attack by E-Boats
during which HMS NEWCASTLE was torpedoed.
Convoy ordered to
reverse course to East and later to resume passage to Malta.
After Italian threat
still evident course again reversed.
Air attacks persisted
and HMS Cruisers ARETHUSA and BIRMINGHAM damaged.
(Note : HMS AIREDALE
and HMS NESTOR were sunk.)
and returned to Alexandria with Fleet units and remaining
(Note : For full details of this ill-conceived
and disastrous operation and its conflicting
instructions see THE BATTLE FOR THE
MEDITERRANEAN by Donald MacIntyre,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett. and
by R Woodman..
16th At Alexandria.
Released from VIGOROUS
duty and took passage to Kilindini.to resume convoy defence.
July Deployed with Flotilla for
convoy defence in Indian Ocean.
to Nominated for duty in
support of final occupation of Madagascar.
September Deployed with H M Destroyers
HOTSPUR, EXPRESS and FORTUNE as destroyer screen
HM Battleship WARSPITE,
HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS and H M Seaplane
provision of air cover for landings
10th Participated in final
occupation of Madagascar (Operation STREAM).
23rd After release from STREAM
resumed Flotilla duties for convoy escort and patrol
October Indian Ocean deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
December During Indian Ocean convoy
defence duties escorted military convoy WS24.
1 9 4 3
January Indian Ocean deployment in
Nominated for refit in
UK to convert to Anti-submarine Escort Destroyer.
February Passage to UK.
25th Taken in hand for refit
and conversion by HM Dockyard Devonport.
March Under refit
(Note: See SEEK AND
STRIKE by W Hackmann and THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
by D. MacIntyre for
details of development of new anti-submarine weapons and
April Post refit harbour trials.
Allocated for duty
with 8th Escort Group, Western Approaches on completion.
May Post refit trials.
1st On completion of refit
carried out sea trails and prepared for operations.
anti-submarine escort duties.
Joined HM Destroyers
WESTCOTT, WHITEHALL, WRESTLER and Polish ORP
GARLAND and ORP BURZA
in 8th Escort Group for Atlantic convoy defence.
June Atlantic convoy escort
with Group in continuation.
July Detached for duty with
Escort Group C for support Force East during allied landings in Sicily.
(Operation HUSKY) -
See Naval Staff History and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
1st Sailed from Clyde with
HUSKY Follow-up military convoy.
9th Detached from KMF19
10th Deployed with Escort Group
C for convoy escort in Mediterranean during landings.
12th During escort of Convoy
MKF19A off Algerian coast sank U409 between Algiers and Bougie
In position 32.12N
04.00E. 35 survivors were rescued after depth charge and surface gun
August Mediterranean deployment in
Nominated for return
to Atlantic convoy defence and took passage to UK
September Rejoined 6th Escort Group.
(Note : 8th Escort,
Group was being deployed in the Support Role and joined
by HM Escort
Carrier FENCER to
supplement escorts of Atlantic convoys by providing air cover..
See SEEK AND STRIKE by
W Hackmann and BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS
Terraine for details of the role of Support Groups.)
30th Detached with Group for
escort and anti-submarine support of military convoy to Azores.
(Note : This operation
had been agreed with the Portuguese Government and was made
establish air bases on
Fayal and Terceira.
Other ships of Group
involved were HMS FENCER, HM Destroyers VISCOUNT,
Polish ORP BURZA,
Polish ORP GARLAND, HM Destroyers WRESTLER and
8th On completion of ALACRITY
Support reamed Atlantic convoy support duties with
20th Part of escort for Convoy
SC145 with HMS FENCER, HM Destroyer FAME, Polish ORP
GARLAND and Polish ORP
28th Convoy re-routed after
threat from SEIGFRIED Group of U-Boats.
November Deployed with Group for detached
service with Home Fleet.
19th Joined Ocean Escort for
Russian Convoy JW54A with HM Destroyer WHITEHALL, HM
Corvette HEATHER and
HM Minesweeper HUSSAR.
24th Detached from JW54A on
arrival at Kola Inlet. (See above references).
27th Joined Ocean Escort for
returning RA5B with HMS WHITEHALL, HMS HEATHER and
9th Detached from RA54B on
arrival at Loch Ewe.
See above references.
Took passage to Clyde
10th Under repair in Clyde
1 9 4 4
January Under repair.
12th On completion resumed
detached duty with Home Fleet.
18th Passage to Iceland for
Russian Convoy escort.
21st Joined HM Destroyers
HARDY, OBDURATE, OFFA, SAVAGE, VENUS, VIGILANT,
VIRAGO and Norwegian
STORD as escort for Russian convoy JW56B from Iceland..
26th Detached from JW56B at
Despatched to join
following Convoy JW56B with above ships of JW56A escort.
(Note : This convoy
was under attack by U-Boats.)
29th Joined escort of Russian
Convoy JW56B. February
1st Detached from JW56B on
arrival at Kola Inlet.
(Note : HMS HARDY was
hit by torpedo from U276 during defence of JW56B and had to be
sunk by HMS VENUS.)
3rd Joined escort of
returning Convoy RA56 on departure from Kola Inlet with same ships
except HMS HARDY.
9th Detached from RA56 with H
M Destroyers MAHRATTA, METEOR, MILNE,
HURON (RCN), Norwegian STORD and resumed Home Fleet
10th Deployed in NW Approaches
for Convoy and Fleet escort duty.
March Home Fleet deployment in
continuation in NW Approaches.
27th Joined escort for Russian
Convoy JW58 with HM Destroyer IMPULSIVE.
29th Deployed with screen for
HM Cruiser DIADEM, HM Escort Carriers ACTIVITY and
TRACKER as main escort
for JW58. See above references.
4th Detached from JW58 on
arrival at Kola Inlet.
7th Deployed with HM
Destroyers BEAGLE, BOADICEA, KEPPEL, VENUS, WALKER,
WESTCOTT, WRESTLER and HMS ACTIVITY as Ocean Escort
returning Convoy RA58.
12th Detached with same ships
before arrival of RA58 at Loch Ewe.
18th Independent, passage to
Kola Inlet for escort of returning convoy from Russia.
(Note: HMS DIADEM, HMS
ACTIVITY and HM Escort Carrier FENCER were deployed
with 16 Home Fleet
destroyers and 4 Canadian Frigates to ensure safe passage of
empty mercantiles from
Russia as Convoy RA59 See above references.
23rd Arrived at Kola Inlet with
Hone Fleet snips.
25th Joined Ocean Escort for
convoy RA59 with same ships.
6th Detached from RA59 with
HM Destroyers BEAGLE, KEPPEL, WESTCOTT and
Corvette LOTUS and Canadian Frigates.
7th Resumed Home Fleet
29th Transferred to 14th Escort
Group for anti-submarine operations in Channel.
(Note : This
deployment was to prevent entry of U-Boats into English Channel to
allied convoys during
(Operation NEPTUNE -
For details of naval activities before and during
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K
Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June
Based at Plymouth for
patrol duties in SW Approaches with Group.
(Note : 14th Escort
Group comprised HM Destroyers FAME, HAVELOCK,
June Deployment as part of Escort Group 14 in
SW Approaches anti-submarine patrol duties based
at Plymouth in
18th Participated in sinking of
U767 SW of Guernsey with HM Destroyers HAVELOCK
HOTSPUR, ICARUS and
FAME in position 49.03N 03.13W.
One survivor from the
U-Boat was rescued.
See U-BOATS DESTROYED
by P Kemp.
July Channel deployment with
Group in continuation.
August Under refit at Liverpool.
September Rejoined Group in English
Channel for escort and anti-submarine patrol duty.
October Withdrawn for further refit
and took passage to Thames
Under refit in London
at Green and Silley Weir shipyard.
November Passage to Davenport to complete
Note: Group then
included HM Destroyers DUNCAN, HAVELOCK, FAME and ICARUS.
1 9 4 5
January Rejoined Group at Liverpool
on completion of refit.
Deployed for convoy
defence and A/S patrol in Irish Sea and SU Approaches.
(Note: Other ships in
Group ships included HM Destroyers HAVELOCK, DUNCAN,
ICARUS, HESPERUS, FAME
and ASSINIBOINE (RCN).)
February Coastal convoy defence in
to (Note : During this
period German submarines ware concentrating attacks on the
April points of Channel convoys
which included Atlantic traffic.
See HOLD THE NARROW
SEA by P Smith and above references.
Escorts for convoys and patrols were
strengthened to meet this new threat.)
May Under repair in Liverpool
Rejoined Group on
completion and transferred to Plymouth.
June Plymouth deployment In
P o s
t W a r N o t e s
HMS INCONSTANT was taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard,
Devonport on 13th September 1945 prior to return to Turkey. Formal Admiralty approval for this
transfer was given on 3rd October 1945 and refit work completed on 27th January 1946. The ship was
formally handed over to the Turkish Navy at Istanbul on 9th March that year and renamed MUAVANET. She served on the Active
List until 1960 when placed on the Disposal List.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
Left convoy Date
01/03/42 10/03/42 PQ 012 10/03/42 12/03/42
11/06/42 12/06/42 MW 011 16/06/42 16/06/42
17/12/42 28/12/42 MC 002 01/01/43 01/01/43
09/01/43 09/01/43 CM 037A 11/01/43 24/01/43
10/01/43 20/01/43 MC 003 23/01/43 23/01/43
30/01/43 30/01/43 CF 011A 11/02/43 11/02/43
01/07/43 01/07/43 KMF 019 11/07/43 11/07/43
10/07/43 14/07/43 MKF 018 23/07/43 23/07/43
19/08/43 01/09/43 MKF 022 09/09/43 09/09/43
02/10/43 02/10/43 UA 003 09/10/43 09/10/43
24/10/43 29/10/43 SC 145 02/11/43 07/11/43
15/11/43 15/11/43 JW 054A 24/11/43 24/11/43
26/11/43 27/11/43 RA 054B 09/12/43 09/12/43
12/01/44 12/01/44 JW 056A 27/01/44 28/01/44
22/01/44 29/01/44 JW 056B 01/02/44 01/02/44
03/02/44 03/02/44 RA 056 09/02/44 11/02/44
02/03/44 02/03/44 DS 050 04/03/44 04/03/44
05/03/44 05/03/44 SD 050 08/03/44 08/03/44
27/03/44 27/03/44 JW 058 04/04/44 04/04/44
07/04/44 07/04/44 RA 058 12/04/44 14/04/44
28/04/44 28/04/44 RA 059 06/05/44 06/05/44
08/01/45 unknown HX 331 unknown 22/01/45
23/01/45 unknown HX 334 unknown 06/02/45
10/03/45 10/03/45 KMF 041 10/03/45 17/03/45
22/03/45 22/03/45 VWP 102 23/03/45 23/03/45
05/04/45 12/04/45 AT 202 13/04/45 13/04/45