BAY Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate initially ordered on
19th January 1944 for build as a LOCH Class Anti-submarine Frigate, but the contract was changed later
that year before build. Originally to have been named LOCH COULSIDE
she was laid down as an Anti-Aircraft
Frigate as Job Number J11867 (Yard Number 350) on 25th September 1944 and launched as PADSTOW BAY by Henry Robb at Leith on 28th August 1945. She was the first RN ship to carry this name
and build was completed on 11th March 1946.
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11th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.
13th Completed trials and prepared for passage to Plymouth
15th At Plymouth
April Deployed at Plymouth with reduced complement pending
availability of full complement
to for service on America and West Indies Station.
June Commissioned for service at Plymouth and prepared
26th Deployed at Portland for weapon calibration and work-up for foreign
service in West Indies.
July Took passage to Bermuda
27th Called at Punta Delgado, Azores for fuel.
8th Arrived at Bermuda
31st Sailed from Bermuda with units of Squadron for exercises and visits
Calls were made at Havana, Vera Cruz, Mexico, Honduras,
Kingston Jamaica, Bluefields
Cartagena Columbia, Curacoa, La
Guava Venezula, Trinidad. Georgetown, British
Guiana, Paramaribo Surinam and Cayenne French Guinea
Return passage to Bermuda with calls at
Kingston for fuel.
15th Arrived at Bermuda.
Deployed at Bermuda for exercises and local duties.
31st Sailed From Bermuda with ships of Squadron for exercise and visits
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10th At Antigua after call at Kingston,
Jamaica for fuel
Deployed for visits including Leeward Islands,
Return passage to Grenada after call at Trinidad for fuel.
22nd Arrived at Bermuda.
29th Sailed for visit to St Thomas, Virgin Islands (US) and ports in
Visited Guadaloupe, Marie Galante and St Eustaticus.
April Called at St Bartholomew
21st Returned to Bermuda.
May Deployed at Bermuda
Taken in hand for routine docking by HM
June On completion prepared for visit to North America
with HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD.
Took passage to Halifax with HMS SHEFFIELD.
1st Arrived at Halifax.
(Note: One of the objectives for this visit was
carry out joint exercises with ships of the Royal
On completion of exercises sailed from Halifax
for visits to ports in Eastern Canadian
Visits paid to Bathurst New Brunswick, Ellis Bay
Anticosti, Miquelon (French), Argentia,
St Johns Newfoundland,
Montreal with HMS SHEFFIELD,
25th Arrived at Bermuda after call at Portsmouth
Nominated for reduction to Reserve status and prepared for return to Pay-off,
16th Took passage from Bermuda to Plymouth.
18th Arrived at Plymouth
Paid off at Devonport and de-stored.
completion of reduction to Reserve laid-up with Reserve Fleet at Plymouth.
F i n a l S t a g e
HMS PADSTOW BAY remained in
the Reserve Fleet until 1958 when the ship was placed on the Disposal List. In 1959 the ship was sold to BISCO
for demolition by an Italian shipbreaker and taken in
tow to La Spezia, where she arrived on 11th August for demolition.