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This website is dedicated to all who served on HMS Cossack and to the Association formed in their memory & for those still alive who served onboard either of the Royal Navy Destroyers: HMS Cossack (L03 or D57).


Her name was made famous by the Altmark Incident in which a boarding party from L03 (The fifth Cossack) took the German ship Altmark and rescued 299 British merchant seaman held captive. She also took part in Russian and Malta convoys, the 2nd Battle of Narvik and played an important part in the sinking of the BISMARCK.


The sixth HMS Cossack, was commissioned in 1945 and went to the Far East, where she remained until 1959, taking part in the Korean War where she served with distinction. She also took part in the Malayan campaign assisting the Army by bombarding targets on shore.


At the last count there were 69 full members, 5 Life members and 5 honorary members. Our objective is to preserve the history of all six ships honoured to bear the name HMS Cossack, and revive the comradeship those who served had during their service in the Royal Navy. Traditional small ship sailors are always close, and they usually maintain that closeness, remembering the good times (and the bad), for all, there were times when they did not see eye to eye with each other, but that is history. They survived it all and happily relive old times at every opportunity.

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Altmark 80 Parade

Classification: NON SENSITIVE INFORMATION RELEASABLE TO THE PUBLIC

A quick update and brief outline reference the Altmark 80 Parade

A Parade will take place at 1100 on Monday 17 Feb’ 20 at Durrington Cemetery, Worthing. This is literally just off of the A27 at the intersection with the A24.

It is suggested that those attending arrive by 1030 in order to get briefed and fallen in. The Parade will consist of a simple service and wreath laying, (HMS Cossack Association will be laying a wreath) and should last about thirty minutes. On completion all attendees are invited to the Rose & Crown Pub, HQ of Worthing Veterans, for a buffet lunch, no cost involved. Rig will be Veterans Order, i.e Blazer, beret and medals.

The following will also be involved, a Contingent from HMS DAUNTLESS, a Representative from the Norwegian Embassy, Worthing Veterans Association and Worthing Borough Council.

Additional information can be obtained by emailing secretaryhmscossack@outlook.com