BAY Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate initially ordered on 25th January 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
FOIN she was laid down on 8th February 1944
and launched as PADSTOW BAY
by Pickersgill at
on 3rd October 1944.
First RN ship to carry this name she was completed on 26th January 1946.
Reference: NO4201. Bay 3 miles East
of Leven on north
Shore of Firth of Forth.
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Nominated for service in Mediterranean on completion of trials.
26th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
On completion of storing and trials took passage
to Portland for weapon calibration and
work-up for foreign service.
Deployed at Portland
16th Passage to Gibraltar
19th Embarked military personnel for passage to Malta
23rd Arrived at Malta and joined Escort Flotilla.
Nominated for Palestine Patrol duties in eastern
(Note: RN ships were required to intercept
mercantiles on passage to Palestine which were
be carrying illegal immigrants. For
details See Naval Staff History published in 2002.)
Passage to Alexandria
Deployed for patrol.
3rd At Alexandria.
14th Arrived in Malta on relief from patrol.
April Deployed in Malta for Flotilla duties.
14th Sailed for patrol from Malta.
19th At Piraeus.
June Passage to Malta.
3rd Arrived in Malta
Deployed for local duties with Flotilla in
July Malta deployment in continuation.
Nominated to return to UK to Pay-off and reduce
to Reserve status.
6th Took passage from Malta to return to UK.
10th At Gibraltar
15th Arrived at Portsmouth
Paid-off and destored.
Reduced to Reserve for lay-up at Portsmouth in Reserve Fleet.
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HMS LARGO BAY remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1958
when placed on the Disposal List. The ship was sold to BISCO for demolition by
TW Ward and towed to the breakerís yard at Inverkeithing where she arrived on 11th July 1959.