Frigate initially ordered on 6th March 1943
for build as a LOCH Class Anti-submarine
Frigate, but for
which the ordered was changed in 1944.
Originally to have been named LOCH ARKLET she
was laid down on
31st August 1944 and launched as START BAY by
Harland and Wolff at Belfast on 15th February
1945. First RN ship to carry this name she was
completed on 6th September 1945 after the end
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of Sir Guy de Bryan KG, standard bearer to
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Contractors Trials and commissioned for
(Note: Ship was intended to join the Pacific
Fleet and to prepare for foreign service
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Cdr. R C Dumas.
Build Completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials including weapons
completed storing for service.
Took passage to Portsmouth.
Deployed at Portsmouth.
Intended for service with British Pacific
Fleet was changed and allocated for service
in 66th Division of Escorts, Mediterranean
On completion of trials. weapon testing,
storing and calibrations took passage to
Tobermory to work-up for operational service.
Passage to Portsmouth on completion of work-up
and prepared for foreign service.
Sailed for Malta to join 66th Division.
Detached at Gibraltar and deployed for local patrol duties.
Gibraltar deployment in continuation.
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Passage to Malta and took part in training
exercises with ships of Destroyer Command.
Carried out patrol duties in western
Mediterranean with visits to Gibraltar and
Passage to Malta.
Deployed in Malta.
Nominated for Guardship duty at Trieste.
(Note: Trieste was being used by allied forces
including army units as a forward base.)
At Catania, Sicily
Passage to Trieste for Guardship duty.
Arrived at Trieste for support as required and
carried out local patrol and exercises in
Guardship duty in continuation.
(Note: Carried out patrol and support of
military garrison as required.)
Visited Pola on the Adriatic coast of Italy
Return passage to Trieste
Returned to Malta.
Embarked British troops in Malta for passage
Carried out patrol in eastern Mediterranean
for interception of ships taking illegal
immigrants to Palestine. See Naval Staff
History Record published in 2002.)
Visited Syros in the Greek Cyclades.
On relief took passage to Malta.
Joined newly formed 5th Frigate Flotilla,
Mediterranean Fleet based in Malta.
Carried out further interception patrol.
Nominated for return to UK and to reduce to
Passage from Cape Arnauti to Famagusta,
Passage to Limassol.
Arrived in Malta to prepare for passage to UK.
Sailed from Malta to Pay-off
Sailed from Gibraltar for Portsmouth
Arrived at Portsmouth
Paid-off and destored prior to reduction to
Accepted into Reserve Fleet at Portsmouth.
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HMS START BAY
Reserve until 1958 during which time she
refitted at Southampton in 1948 and her
preserved with other upper deck equipment .
The ship was brought forward to
Coronation Review at Spithead in 1953 as part
of the Reserve Fleet. However her
armament equipment was not
restored for use. Following this duty she
carried out visits to ports and communities
on the south coast and in Wales. Her Pennant
Number for visual signalling
purposes had been changed to F604 in May 1948.
She then returned to lay-up in
the Reserve Fleet at Portsmouth and did
not recommission for full service. Placed on
the Disposal List in 1958 as part
of the reduction in the number of ships
required to be kept in
This frigate was
sold to BISCO for breaking-up by J Cashmore
and arrived in tow at the breakerís
yard in Newport, Glamorgan
on 22nd July