LOCH-Class Anti-Submarine Frigate ordered on 19th
January 1943 from W Pickersgill of Sunderland and to
be named LOCH.HEILEN. Orders were placed
with several other shipyards for LOCH Class ships at the same time.
However in late 1943 this order was changed for construction of a new design of
Anti-Aircraft Frigate (BAY Class - See General Information). The
ship was laid down on 30th April 1944 as Admiralty Job No J4802 (Yard No 266) and
was launched as HMS MORECAMBE BAY on 1st Nov. 1944.Tne ceremony was carried out
by Miss Mary Berry, whose father was the managing director of a Teeside engineering firm and a former Royal Navy Officer.
No previous RN ship had borne this name. Work was suspended after the end of
hostilities in the Far East and a new contract to complete her build was placed
with J S White at Cowes. She was commissioned on 22nd February 1949.
B a t t l e H o n o u r
KOREA 1950 - 53
H e r a l d i c D a t a
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Launched and fitting out commenced
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out in continuation
suspended and ship Laid up in builder’s yard.
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Laid-up until contract placed for completion with JS White at Cowes
Ship taken under tow to Cowes.
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Fitting out continued
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February Contractors sea trials
22nd Commissioned for trials
with reduced complement.
(Note: Due to demobilisation of wartime conscripts and reservists there was a
shortfall in personnel.)
Commanding Officer: Lieut Commander K R S Leadley RN.
completion of trials remained at Portsmouth.
Carried out exercises with HM Minesweeper WELFARE.
Ranging at Portland.
leave at Portsmouth.
Waiting to complete to allowed complement for foreign service
to visitors including employees from local firms, Sea Cadets and schoolchildren.
Commissioned for Far East service
Commanding Officer, Commander CCB Mackenzie, Royal Navy.
Prepared for foreign service at Portland.
Passage to Heysham for official visit.
8th (Note: Outstanding hospitality accorded including presentation of silverware
and a civic
Passage to Malta for work-up.
Commenced work-up and carried out routine docking.
6th Work-up with
Mediterranean Fleet ships
to (Note: This included bombardments and Night
Inspection by Flag Officer (Destroyers), Mediterranean Fleet.
passage to Singapore
at Port Sudan.
Passage from Colombo to Singapore.
Joined 4th Frigate Flotilla.
Deployed for patrol and anti-terrorist operations on West coast of Malaya.
Assisted with fire-fighting in mv REBEVERETT at Port Swettenham.
December Deployed for
Patrol duties with Motor Launches.
bombardment exercise with AUSTER aircraft for spotting fall of shot
Deployed for patrol off Singapore.
Transferred to East coast of Malaya for patrol
Interrogation party embarked.
R&R period at Pulau Tioman.
Resumed patrol off West Coast of Malaya.
Penang for Xmas.
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in Port Dickson area in continuation.
(Note: Patrols were carried out patrol with Motor Launches and Police Launch.)
period and training in Singapore.
Passage to Hong Kong for Fleet exercises.
part in Fleet exercise.
Exercises at Hong Kong.
Diverted from local bombardment exercise at Hong Kong to carry out search with
WHITESAND BAY for crashed
(Note: This was abandoned after 4 hours.)
Deployed for patrol off Yangtse estuary and for Guardship.
(Note: Maintained for protection of British flagged mercantiles.)
Yangtse Guardship duty in continuation.
Assisted ss EMPIRE MOUNTAIN detained by 2 Chinese Nationalist gunboats TAI CHOU
relief by HM Destroyer CHARITY took passage to Hong Kong.
Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Hong Kong.
completion of post refit trials carried out local exercises with HM Cruiser
and HM Destroyer CONSORT.
part in Flotilla exercises at Hong Kong.
Passage to Singapore with HM Frigates MOUNTS BAY and CARDIGAN BAY
Arrived at Singapore and nominated for anti-terrorist patrol duties.
Deployed of east coast of Malaya with Aircraft and MFV.
Interrogation party embarked.
of Pahang visited.
Deployed in continuation for duty on west coast of Malaya,
Royal Marines embarked
Provided support for military operations near Port Swettenham
(Note: Royal Marines and naval search party landed.
Bombarded terrorist positions.
Johore Strait Patrol with HM Motor Launch 3507
attacks made on shore positions at Babi Kerchk.
Deployed at Penang in continuation with R&R at Lankawi
(Note: After outbreak of war in Korea nominated for deployment with UN naval
Task Force based
Sasebo for duty with UN in
for bombardment and patrol duties off W coast of Korea with RN snips.
(Note: These included HM Frigates MOUNTS BAY, PUKAKI (RNZN) and TUTIRA (RNZN).
Took part in bombardment at Inchon.
with Task Group 95.13-and
in charge of Minesweeping operations off west coast.
December Deployed in
support of evacuation of Inchon with CTG 95-12
New Commanding Office: Commander J J E Famol DSC Royal Navy appointed.
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January On relief
by HM Frigate ST BRIDES BAY took passage to Hong Kong.
duties with Flotilla.
Patrol and Flotilla exercises in continuation.
(Note: At time of research Ship's Deck Log not available at PRO.
restriction may have been due to deployment in war operations.)
Detached for 2nd Operational Tour with UN off Korea.
Took passage to Sasebo to join UN naval forces.
Supported Korean Commando raids in Haeju and Chojin area with CTG 95.12
July Attached to US Navy Task Group 95.12 to assist in
bombardment off east coast of
Korea in support of military
(Note: Congratulatory signal from Commander US 7th Fleet (Vice Admiral HW
for train-wrecking successes).
completion transferred to RN Task Group on west coast.
Deployed in Han River operations with HM Frigates CARDIGAN BAY and MOUNTS BAY
support of military operations to ensure access to Seoul.)
out shore bombardment in Han River
September On relief
from UN duties took passage to rejoin Flotilla
at Singapore for anti-terrorist patrol duties
Under refit at Singapore..
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Re-commissioned for further service with Flotilla in Far East.
completion of post refit trials deployed for
shakedown prior to further detached service with
Carried out Malacca Strait patrol and support of anti-terrorist military
February Passage to
Sasebo for 3rd Operational UN Tour.
Deployed in with CTG 95.22 in Sonjin and Chojin area off east coast.
slight damage by shore battery fire.
Transferred to RN Task Group for service on west coast of Korea.
Deployed with RN Task Group for patrol duties and gunfire support.
(Note: 11 volunteers served ashore with British army unit).
relief took passage to Hong Kong to resume Flotilla duties.
Deployed at Hong Kong
Visited Macao and took part in local area exercises and patrols.
Flotilla deployment in continuation.
Commander JAH Hamer OBE RN appointed.
Nominated for 4th Operational Tour with UN off Korea.
August Passage to
Sasebo to rejoin UN Command.
September Deployed off
west coast of Korea for island patrols and support. Han River area bombardment.
coast deployment in continuation.
First Sea Lord (Admiral R. McGrigor) visited at Yong Pyong Do.
November On relief
took passage to Hong Kong.
December Deployed at
Hong Kong with Flotilla and carried out patrol duties.
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January Hong Kong
deployment in continuation.
Patrols in Tolo Harbour and Junk Bay.
Carried out search for missing aircraft in Swatow Bay.
February Hong Kong
local patrol duties in continuation.
Passage from Hong Kong to Singapore for military support patrols duties.
off west coast of Malaya.
Nominated for further detached duties with UN off Korea
Passage to rejoin UN naval forces off Korea.
Commenced 5th UN Operational Tour.
Under fire in Chodo area with US Navy Landing Ship.
Counter-fire provided by US Battleship USS
support duties off west coast of Korean continuation.
Provided Guard for rededication of War Grave cemetery at Kobe.
West coast patrol and bombardment.
Bombarded enemy positions on Chodo Island.
August On relief
took passage to Hong Kong for refit.
(Statistical Data: 185
days under UN Command,
84,300 miles steamed,
15,200 tons fuel used.)
September Under refit
at Hong Kong.
completion commenced post refit trials.
13th Joined in
Flotilla exercises at Hang Kong
deck found to be corroded and split.
in hand for repair
passage to Sasebo to resume UN duties.
as west coast Guardship as Pangyong Do.
out patrol and gunfire support duties.
to Kure for R&R.
to Area NAN on west coast to relieve HM Australian Destroyer TOBRUK.
Patrol and Guardship duties at Pangyoung Do.
December UN duties in
by HM Destroyer COMUS and took passage to
(Note: During this period Signalman G. C. Gates died ashore at Kure on 4th December.)
from Kure to Hong Kong.
(Note: Carried out surveillance of Chinese Nationalist warships in Formosa Strait).
22nd Arrived at
Hong Kong for Fleet exercises.
for Flotilla exercises with HM Frigates CARDIGAN BAY,
MOUNTS BAY and
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Carried out anti-submarine exercise with HM Submarine THOROUGH during passage
Deployed for patrol on west coast of Malay with Interpreter
Liaison officer embarked. In conjunction with Police launch.
Bombarded shore positions on 16th January.
(Note: Malayan RNVR personnel also on board for sea experience.
Part of counter insurgency operation and prevention
of activities by terrorists from
Deployed at Singapore for patrol in Malacca Straits.
Passage to Penang for visit by Flag Officer, Malayan Area.
Passage to Singapore on completion of visit and towed Motor Launch.
part in Fleet Exercise SONATA in Gulf of Thailand.
(Note: Serials included convoy Screening, Anti-submarine operations,, Tow,
Replenishment with provision of RAF reconnaissance).
Detached with HMS MOUNTS BAY and took passage to Hong Kong.
March At Hong
Kong for maintenance.
Commanding Officer: Commander A C Tupper DSC RN joined.
Deployed for Formosa Strait patrol.
Escorted ss INCHISLAY on passage from Shanghai to Hong Kong.
refit period in Hong Kong.
Re-commissioned for service in Far East.
completion carried out Pearl River patrol.
Deployed at Hong Kong.
Carried out Formosa Strait patrol.
Exercised with ships of Squadron off Hong Kong.
passage to Sasebo for UN duties.
13th Deployed off
west coast of Korea for patrol and Guardship
28th Took passage to Kure on relief.
Carried cut surveillance of Chinese Nationalist warships in Formosa Strait
Kure to Hong Kong.
Passage from Hong Kong to Singapore for refit.
in hand for refit. Crew transferred to HMS TERROR.
Nominated for transfer to America and West Indies Station after refit in UK.
visit ports in USA and central America during return passage.
(Note: This was part of a policy change to reduce length of foreign commissions.
Carried out Shakedown cruise off Singapore.
passage to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong for 1st Sea Lord's visit.
passage to join USA via Yokosuka, Japan and Panama.
Passage to Pearl Harbour.
passage to San Francisco after call at Hilo, Hawaii.
ratings injured in road traffic accident on Oakland Bridge.
One later died in hospital EM 1st Class R VENN, P/MX924369).
passage to Los Angeles.
Long Beach US Navy Base, Los Angeles.
passage to San Diego
passage to Acapulco
(Note: The remaining visits were the first to be paid by a British warship for
giving a unique opportunity for shore excursions.)
The Ship was opened to visitors and much generous hospitality was offered to
all of the ship's company.
passage to San Jose, Guatemala.
passage to La Libertad, El Salvador.
from La Libertad to Balboa, Panama.
passage to Kingston, Jamaica after transit of Panama Canal.
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January Joined HM
Cruisers SUPERB and QUEBEC (RCN), HM Frigates BIGBURY BAY,
BURGHEAD BAY with other NATO warships for exercises.
short notice for steam due to hurricane warnings.
passage to Portsmouth with four Army personnel embarked for return to UK.
Experienced heavy weather during passage.
Sailing dinghy lost overboard.
Arrived at Portsmouth
in hand for refit.
refit including period in dry dock
ship's company joined and accommodated in RN Barracks.
company moved on board.
Commissioned for service on America and West Indies Station.
Commanding Officer: Commander T C Meyrick RN.
Carried out post refit trials Post refit trials
Commenced work-up at Portland and weapon calibrations
Passage to Portsmouth.
September Prepared for
passage to Bermuda.
22nd Passage to Grenada.
Embarked Governor for passage to Carricoa, St Georges.
Passage to Trinidad.
Port of Spain.
Sailed to carry out Visits Programme with calls at Bridgetown, Barbados, St
Lucia, Barbuda and
passage from Tortola for Kingston, Jamaica.
Passage to Guantanamo for exercises with HM Cruiser KENYA and US Navy ships.
part in joint exercises.
Returned to Kingston with HMS KENYA.
Resumed joint RN/USN exercises.
passage to Bermuda.
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passage to Kingston, Jamaica with HM Frigate ST AUSTELL BAY.
13th HMS ST
AUSTELL BAY detached.
Embarked Governor Designate, British Honduras at Kingston for passage to Belize.
Commenced Visits Programme to Bluefields, Nicaragua, Colon and Bocas del Tore,
Passage to Kingston from Bocas del Toro.
passage from Kingston to Georgetown, Grand Cayman,
from Georgetown for programmed visit to USA ports in Gulf of Mexico.
Brownsville, Texas. 5,000 visitors recorded in Deck Log.
Corpus Christi, Texas. 1,630 visitors recorded in Deck Log
Unarmed party marched in local procession.
Variety Show by USO was broadcast from ship.
passage from Tampa to Bermuda.
Arrived at Bermuda.
part in Military Tattoo at Hamilton during stay in Bermuda.
Carried out local exercise with HMS ST AUSTELL BAY.
passage to Norfolk, Virginia with HMS ST AUSTELL BAY.
Visited Baltimore after passage up Chesapeake River with HMS ST AUSTELL BAY.
passage to Savannah, Georgia.
passage to Bermuda.
HMS ST AUSTELL BAY and carried out joint exercises
Arrived at Bermuda
Bermuda for Annual Inspection.
(Note: Sea Serials with HMS ST AUSTELL BAY.)
part in Exercise HOURGLASS with HM Frigates ST AUSTELL BAY, WAKEFUL,
(Note: This was a major international assembly including ships of Home Fleet,
Exercise included anti-submarine serials with RN and US
completion returned to Bermuda.
(Note: Provided first aid party after fire in Canteen ashore)
Prepared for patrol and visits programme to Caribbean ports.
Sailed for Antigua from Bermuda.
Provided English Harbour working party.
Barbados, Windward Islands
Trinidad with HMS BIGBURY BAY.
Passage to Paramaribo, capital of Dutch Guiana
Passage to Demerara via Mackenzie River (Essequibo).
Passage to Puerto Rico with call at Pointe a Pitre, Guadaloupe for fuel.
18th At San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
Exchanged calls with US naval authorities.
passage to Bermuda.
Arrived at Bermuda.
Prepared for return passage to Pay-off in UK.
passage to Portsmouth with HMS ST AUSTELL BAY.
Detached. Arrived at Portsmouth.
Arrived at Portsmouth
F i n
a l P h a s e
HMS MORECAMBE BAY Paid off on 19th November 1956 and was laid up
in Reserve at Portsmouth. Later she was transferred to Barrow and placed on the
Disposal List. On 9th May 1961 this frigate was sold to Portugal and renamed
DOM FRANCESCO DE ALMEIDA. Following a refit by John I Thornycroft
at Woolston, Southampton she was handed over to the
Portuguese Navy on 3rd August 1961 and served in until September 1970 when she
was demolished. Her RN service was especially notable as she spent most of it
on foreign service which included periods with the United Nations naval Task
Groups during the Korean War and visits to west coast of North America.