HMS Marne (G35)

HMS Marne was an M-class destroyer of the Royal Navy commissioned on 2 December 1941. She was built by Vickers-Armstrongs at High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and saw service in the Atlantic theatre of World War II.

Marne in May 1942
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Marne
Builder: Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle upon Tyne
Laid down: 23 October 1939
Launched: 30 October 1940
Commissioned: 2 December 1941
Fate: Sold to the Turkish Navy on 26 March 1959, renamed Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak
Name: Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak
Namesake: Fevzi Çakmak
Acquired: 26 March 1959
Fate: Discarded, 1970
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: M-class destroyer
Length: 362 ft 3 in (110.4 m) (o/a)
Beam: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power:
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 190
Sensors and
processing systems:

Service history

Royal Navy

Marne was part of Convoy PQ 15 and along with Martin, helped to rescue 169 survivors from Punjabi after she was sunk in a collision with the battleship King George V.

The destroyer depot ships Hecla and Vindictive with the escort ships Venomous and Marne, were part of a convoy as part of Operation Torch west of Gibraltar. On 12 November 1942 the German submarine U-515 torpedoed and sunk Hecla, and minutes later fired two more torpedoes and badly damaged Marne, blowing off her stern. Michael Flanders, who was to become the famous actor and writer, was serving on board as part of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.

Turkish Navy

Following the Second World War Marne, along with three other ships of the same class, was transferred to the Turkish Navy as part of an agreement signed at Ankara on 16 August 1957. They underwent a refit which involved the removal of the after set of torpedo tubes and some secondary armament. They received a new deckhouse and Squid anti-submarine weapons system. On 29 June 1959 they were handed over at Portsmouth. Marne was renamed Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak, after Fevzi Çakmak (1876–1950), the Turkish Mareşal (Field Marshal) and Prime Minister.[1]

The ship remained in service with the Turkish Navy until 1970, when she was discarded and scrapped.


  1. Blackman, Raymond V B, Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, London, p248


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