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HMS Zulu (F18).jpg
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Tribal-class destroyer
Name: HMS Zulu
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons
Laid down: 10 August 1936
Launched: 23 September 1937
Commissioned: 7 September 1938
Fate: lost on 14 September 1942 to aircraft off Tobruk
General characteristics
Displacement: 1870 tons
Length: 344 ft (105 m)
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.1 m)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines of 44,000 shp (33,000 kW)
Speed: 26.5 knots (49 km/h)
Complement: 190
Armament: 8 x 4.7 inch (119 mm) guns
seven smaller guns
4 x 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The second HMS Zulu (pennant number L18, later F18) was a Tribal-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was built in Glasgow by Alexander Stephen and Sons. Her keel was laid down on 10 August 1936. She was launched on 23 September 1937, and commissioned on 7 September 1938. She had the task of scuttling HMS Coventry after she had been damaged in an air raid.

On 4 August 1942 HMS Zulu together with HMS Sikh, HMS Croome and HMS Tetcott sank the German submarine U-372 off Haifa. Zulu's commanding officer Commander R.T. White, D.S.O.* was Mentioned in Despatches for his efforts in sinking U-372.

HMS Zulu was sunk by Italian aircraft Macchi C.200 Saetta figther- bombers on 14 September 1942, after bombarding Tobruk, following the rescue of her fellow ship HMS Sikh. The two ships were covering a Commando raid at Tobruk. Shore batteries hit HMS Sikh, which began to sink. White manoeuvred his ship to try to rescue HMS Sikh and her crew, attaching lines to her to drag her out of danger, having laid a smokescreen. HMS Sikh eventually sank, but HMS Zulu succeeded in saving the lives of a number of her crew. Aircraft continued to attack HMS Zulu and she finally succumbed, sinking the following day.

Her commander from 28 April 1942 until her sinking was Commander R.T. White, D.S.O.* (later Captain R.T. White, D.S.O.**). For his part in the attempted rescue of HMS Sikh, White was awarded the 2nd bar to his D.S.O..

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