Class Anti-aircraft Frigate ordered from
Charles Hill at Bristol in 1944 in place
a LOCH Class Frigate to be named LOCH SEAFORTH
which had been cancelled on 27th November
1943. The change was made because of
a need for frigates of this type for
deployment in the Far East where the main
threat was of attacks by by
prefabricated hull structure was identical
with the LOCH Class but
the weapon fit differed (See General
Information). The ship was laid down on
22nd November 1944 as Job No 602 (Yard No.
302). She was launched on 14th June
1945 and the first Royal Navy ship to carry
this name. Her Build was completed
on 8th March 1946 and she was the last warship
to be built by this shipyard.
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Two Badges are known to have been used.
'unofficial' one was
replaced in 1953.
a rock proper, an
Eagle rising argent, wings azure.
Arms of BLATHWAYT
'Virtue and truth'
a Field quarterly
Gold and Red in base berry wavy of four white
oak tree fructed
Oak tree alludes to the oak jug manufactured
in the town of Porlock
peculiar to the area The
quarterly gold and red field is from
of Sir Simon FitzRoger
who helped to build Porlock
in the 13th century
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Build completion and commenced Acceptance
Commissioned for service on the America and
West Indies Station.
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant DL Davenport,
(Later Rear Admiral, CB, OBE).
Formal visit to City of Bristol.
Ranging and weapon equipment trials at
Work-up for operational service at
(Note: During work-up ship visited Porlock and
ship's company accorded generous
On completion of
work-up attached to Plymouth Local Flotilla
(Note: Departure to West Indies delayed by
post-war manning problems).
Prepared for foreign service.
Sailed for Bermuda with HM Frigate PADSTOW
After call at Azores sailed for Bermuda with a
disabled Landing Craft (Headquarters) 50 in
During disengagement of tow on arrival ship
involved in collision with the landing craft
Taken in hand for repair in drydock and could
not sail with
for Autumn Programme of
visits to US ports.
(Note: This vessel was being returned to US
Navy after Lease-Lend).
After repair prepared for programmed duty in
Newfoundland and visits in Canada.
Sailed for St John's.
Arrived at St Johns for stay during National
Convention on political future of
Embarked HE Governor of Newfoundland, Sir
Gordon Macdonald at Argentia to carry
official tour of isolated fishing settlements
on south coast.
Disembarked HE at Port Aux Basques on
completion of tour.
After visit to Halifax began programme of
visits to ports on northern coast of
including St. Anthony and Corner Brook.
Visited mainland port including Bagotville,
Quebec and Charlottetown.
Passage to Halifax via Sydney, Cape Breton.
Carried cut exercises with RCN ships at
Passage to Bermuda with call at Saint John,
Arrived at Bermuda.
Taken in hand for maintenance and refit by HM
(Note: As a result of alteration in policy
relating to the command of independent
foreign stations Commander F J Twiss assumed
command. This was his first sea
command. On retirement as Admiral Sir Frank
Twiss, KCB, KCVO, DSC he
became Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod).
On completion resumed duties with Squadron at
Sailed for patrol and visits to ports in
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Took part in exercise with ships of America
and West Indies Squadron.
On completion took passage to Vera Cruz with
call at Kingston, Jamaica
Visited Galveston, Mobile, Key West and
Returned to Bermuda.
Deployed at Bermuda.
Took part in exercises with Squadron.
Passage to Nassau with Squadron.
Took part in official visits by HE the
Governor of the
to the Turks and Caicos Islands
as well as others in the Bahamas.
Detached at Nassau on return and took passage
to Kingston, Jamaica for visits to
Whilst at Kingston despatched to Belize,
British Honduras after Guatemalan threat
Remained in Honduras sea area.
Emergency support duty in continuation without
Returned to Kingston.
Resumed visits and patrol programme.
Took passage to Aruba with call in Colombia
Passage to Trinidad from Aruba to refuel.
Took passage for Georgetown, British Guiana
with calls at Tobago and Barbados.
Early termination of commission announced.
(Note: This decision was made because of
economic measures which necessitated a
in naval commitments.
The West Indies are was considered to be
politically safe and was therefore vulnerable
to such cuts.)
Passage to Miami, Florida with call at
Took passage to Bermuda.
Arrived at Bermuda after stormy passage in
On completion of weather damage repair took
passage to Devonport
Passage to Devonport
Arrived at Devonport.
Nominated for service with Fishery Protection
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Deployed in Home waters for Fishery Protection
Nominated for Reduction to Reserve.
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Reduced to Reserve status at Devonport.
Laid up at Devonport in Reserve Fleet.
(Note: Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to F650.
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BAY remained in Reserve until 1962, during
period she was refitted twice.
on the Sales List she
was sold to Finland for use as
a training ship and renamed MATTI
was deployed in this role until 1975 when she
was removed from the active list
and sold for
September that year.