H.M.S. Oriana (1916)

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H.M.S. Oriana (1916)
Pendant Number: G.69 (Sep 1915)
F.14 (Jan 1917)
F.11 (Jan 1918)
H.34 (Jun 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company[2]
Ordered: Feb 1915[3]
Launched: 23 Sep, 1916[4]
Completed: 4 Nov, 1916[5]

H.M.S. Oriana was one of one hundred and three destroyers of the "M" class built for the Royal Navy during the Great War.


Oriana joined the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla upon completion, joining some time in October, 1916. This flotilla was comprised solely of fast new destroyers and screened the Battle Cruiser Force.

On 17 November, 1917, Oriana was present at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight under the command of her only wartime commander, Lieutenant Commander Henry Scott, but she and the Battle Cruiser Force did not get engaged in the action.

In April, 1918, she and Rival left the 13 D.F. to join the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, which was augmenting the defensive forces operating out of Devonport. In October, she was one of six destroyers loaned to the Third Destroyer Flotilla for about a month. She returned to the Fourth to ride out the end of the war. In December, the formation was disbanded and its constituents sent to various home ports. Oriana was one of nine destroyers sent to Portsmouth.

Oriana was reduced to a C. & M. Party at Portsmouth on 17 October, 1919.[6]


Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also


  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 66.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 79.
  3. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 66.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 79.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 309.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 818.
  7. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/82. f. ?.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 855.
  9. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/82. f. ?.


"M" Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design (Three Funnels)
Matchless Murray Myngs Milne Moorsom
Morris Mons Marne Mystic Maenad
Manners Mandate Magic Moresby Marmion
Martial Mary Rose Menace Mameluke Marvel
Mischief Mindful Nonsuch Negro Nessus
Noble Nizam Nomad Nonpareil Norman
Northesk North Star Nugent Obedient Obdurate
Onslaught Onslow Opal Ophelia Opportune
Oracle Orestes Orford Orpheus Octavia
Ossory Nestor Napier Narborough Narwhal
Nicator Norseman Oberon Observer Offa
Orcadia Oriana Oriole Osiris Paladin
Parthian Partridge Pasley Plucky Portia
Pheasant Phoebe Pigeon Plover Penn
Peregrine Pelican Pellew Petard Peyton
  Prince Pylades Medina Medway  
Thornycroft Specials (Three Funnels)
Mastiff Meteor Michael Milbrook Minion
Munster Nepean Nereus Patrician Patriot
  Rapid Ready  
Yarrow Specials (Two Funnels)
Miranda Minos Manly Moon Morning Star
Mounsey Musketeer Nerissa Relentless Rival
Hawthorn Leslie Specials (Four Funnels)
  Mansfield Mentor  
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