HMS Offa (1916)

HMS Offa (1916) was a repeat M class destroyer that served with the Grand Fleet from August 1916 to August 1918, then with the 1st Flotilla at Portsmouth, although she was detached back to the Grand Fleet at the end of the First World War.

The Offa was ordered under the Fourth War Programme of February 1915. She was laid down at Fairfield on 6 July 1915, launched on 7 June 1916 and completed on 31 July 1916.


In July 1916 the Offa was mentioned in the Navy List but not allocated to a unit.

From August 1916 to August 1918 she was part of the 14th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet.

On 26 December 1916 the Offa and the Steam Trawler Aries collided in Aberdeen harbour.


On 31 January 1917 the Offa and SS Gracefield collided in the seas between Skye and Harris. This collision resulted in a court case between the Gracefield Steamship Company and C Trelawny and HMS Offa.

When the Germans attacked a Scandinavian convoy on 16 October, sinking the destroyers Mary Rose and Strongbow, the Noble and Menace from the 12th Flotilla and Medina, Nonpareil, Offa and Patriot from the 14th Flotilla were attached to the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron at Scapa. When news arrived that the Germans were at sea the 3rd LCS was ordered to patrol in the central part of the North Sea, the northernmost of three cruiser squadrons deployed in that area. However by the time news of the German attack had reached the Admiralty and new orders could be issued to the cruiser squadrons the Germans had already escaped to the south.


In November 1918 she was recorded as being detached from the 14th Flotilla to the 1st Flotilla at Portsmouth, but retained with the 14th Flotilla.

The 14th Flotilla took part in the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet on 21 November 1918.

In December 1918 she was with the 1st Flotilla at Portsmouth.

In December 1919 she was in the charge of a Care and Maintenance Party at Portsmouth.

She was sold to be broken up in October 1921.

Service Record
July 1916: Mentioned in Navy List but not allocated to unit
August 1916-August 1918: 14th Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet
November 1918: 1st Flotilla, Portsmouth but detached to 14th
December 1918: 1st Flotilla, Portsmouth

Displacement (standard)

1,025t (Admiralty design)
985t (Thornycroft)
895t (Yarrow)

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

34 knots


3-shaft Brown-Curtis or Parsons turbines
3 Yarrow boilers




273ft 4in (Admiralty)
274ft 3in (Thornycroft)
270ft 6in (Yarrow)


26ft 8ft (Admiralty)
27ft 3in (Thornycroft)
24ft 7.5in (Yarrow)


Three 4in/ 45cal QF Mk IV
Two 1-pounder pom pom
One 2-pounder pom pom
Four 21-in torpedo tubes

Crew complement


Laid down

6 July 1915


7 June 1916


31 July 1916

Sold for break up

October 1921

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (20 February 2024), HMS Offa (1916) ,

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