Screw Frigate ordered from Caledon
SB at Dundee on 2nd February 1943 and laid down
as Job No J11846 Yard No. 418) on
6th March 1944. The ship was launched on 3rd
October and was the 1st RN ship to
have the name. Build was completed on 24th
February 1945. She was fitted with
the improved Type 277 and SQUID anti-submarine
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are two Lochs in the
Highland Region with this name.
the associated Loch is that in the estate
by The Duke of Westminster.
References NC3237 and ND0745.
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garb Gold, banded Red over
a fess wavy White
(Explanation: From the Arms of Grosvenor.
Duke of Westminster who
owns the Loch More Estate, is also Baron Grosvenor.)
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9 4 5
Contractor's trials and commissioned for service
in 8th Escort Group.
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander R A D
Cambridge DSC RNR.
Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
Took passage to Tobermory on completion of
trials and storing.
Commenced work-up for operational service at
On completion joined Group at Greenock.
Deployed for convoy defence in NW Approaches and
Took part in attacks on U1024 with HM Frigates
LOCH GLENDHU and LOCH ACHRAY.
Submarine forced to surface by depth charge
attacks and engaged by surface
gunfire after which crew abandoned the
37 of the crew were rescued.
Placed Boarding Party en board and took U1024 in
Tow parted when weather deteriorated during the
night and the submarine sank in
position 53-39N, 05-03W. See U-BOATS DESTROYED
P Kemp and HITLERíS U-BOAT
WAR Volume 2 by C Blair.
(Note: Boarding Party retrieved valuable
Midshipman J R Watson RNR awarded MBE and ERA
3rd Class CA Baker, BEM.
Captain was Mentioned in Despatches.)
Deployed in Irish Sea and SW Approaches for
convoy escort and support based at Milford
Convoy defence in continuation until VE Day.
Nominated for service in East Indies.
Deployed at Scapa Flow for escort of surrendered
Escorted submarines during passage to Loch Ryan.
Taken in hand for refit in Clyde shipyard.
(Note: Ventilation slightly improved and AA
armament increased during refit.).
Post refit trials and prepared for foreign
Sailed for Passage Alexandria.
At Port Said
Passage to Colombo.
Deployed at Trincomalee for escort of convoys
prior to Malayan landings.
(Operation ZIPPER - See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J
Winton., WAR WITH JAPAN
(HMSO) and for information about all mercantiles
and warships involved BRITISH
invasion fleets by J de Winser.)
(Note: This operation had been delayed several
times due to problems related to the
repatriation of long serving service personnel
in SEAC and US insistence.
Deployed as part of escort for ZIPPER convoys
during passage to Beach Head in Malaya.
On release from ZIPPER took passage to
Arrived at Singapore for support of military
operations in Dutch East Indies.
Deployed for escort of convoys to Singapore
carrying service and civilian personnel
released from Japanese detention (RAPWI).
Returned to Singapore.
Took passage to Saigon as part of escort for
convoy to collect civilians.
Returned to Singapore with HM Frigate LOCH
SCAVAIG as escort for HM Landing Ship
(Note: This ship had been damaged.)
Resumed support duties in Sumatra and Java.
Deployed at Sourabaya as Guardship.
Returned to Singapore.
Singapore deployment in continuation
9 4 6
Embarked stores in Singapore for delivery to
Delivered stores and returned to Singapore
Embarked stores at Singapore and took passage to
Deployed in Gulf of Siam.
(Note: LOCH Class Frigates were deployed during
this period for air-sea duties in
Gulf of Siam.)
Returned to Singapore.
Took passage to Trincomalee.
New Commanding Officer appointed: Lieut.
Commander J Raban-Williams RN.
passage to Bombay for special duties after RIN
Deployed at Bombay with HM Cruiser GLASGOW
during period of unrest.
Visited Karachi on release from special duty at
Returned to Singapore to resume military support
Deployed at Singapore for support duties in
Sumatra and Java.
Deployed for duty at Bangkok.
Nominated for return to UK to Pay-off and reduce
to Reserve status.
Passage to Trincomalee with call at Rangoon.
Prepared for return to UK at Trincomalee.
Took passage to UK.
On passage to Sheerness.
Paid off on arrival and began reduction to
Reserve status at Chatham
Reducing to Reserve.
Accepted into Reserve
Laid-up at Sheerness.
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
LOCH MORE was laid up in the Sheerness Division
of the Reserve
Fleet until 1950 when she was brought forward
for service with the 5th Frigate Flotilla in the
Mediterranean. After refitting she commissioned
at Chatham in November that
year and before sailing to the Mediterranean
carried out A/S training at
Londonderry.. The Pennant Number for visual
signalling purposes was changed to
F639. The ship joined the Flotilla in Malta
during March 1951. Later that year
she was deployed as Guardship
and Port Said. She took part in the Fleet
Exercise and Visits Programme with
ships of the Flotilla including the NATO Exercise
refitted at Gibraltar early in 1952 and rejoined
the Flotilla in June to
take part in the Fleet Summer Cruise Visits and
including Exercise LONGSTOP. After being
nominated for reduction to Reserve she
returned to UK and Paid-off at Chatham in
February 1953. Although held in
Reserve pending Modernisation this was never
carried cut and the ship was
preserved at North Shields before being laid-up
at Hartlepool. She briefly
re-commissioned in 1956 after a refit but
returned to Reserve after sea trials.
An offer made for sale to Ceylon was not
accepted and the ship was placed on
the Disposal List in May 1961. Sold to BISCO
demolition by T W
Ward in August 1963 she arrived in tow at Inverkeithing
to be broken-up on 27th August that year.
of HMS LOCH
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