LOCH-Class Twin Screw Fast Frigate
26th January 1903 from Charles Hill, Bristol and
laid down on 31st March 1943
as Yard Number 299 (Admiralty Job No J530). The
ship was launched by the Queen
Mother HM Queen
Mary on 9th September 1944 as the 1st Royal Navy
ship to carry the name. Build was completed on
22nd December that year. The Gaelic name for the
Loch is Scabhaig.
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Loch in Isle
of Skye. Grid
(Note: Three Clans are associated
with this area: Clan MacLeod
- Western shore,
- NE shore, Clan MacKinnon
- SE shore.)
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Badge: On a
Field barry wavy of
eight White and Blue, a dexter
Derived from the Clan Badge of the MacLeods
unofficial badge was used before the official
Seal described above
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Ship's Company joined from Devonport Depot.
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Commander C W
completion and commenced Harbour Trials.
Accepted from builder and commissioned for
service with 23rd Escort Group.
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Embarked ammunition off Avonmouth and commenced
Sea acceptance trials.
Took passage to Tobermory to work-up for
Completed work-up and took passage to
Londonderry for gun trials and an A/S exercise before
Detected submarine during trial and attacked
with SQUID Mortar.
Joined by HM Frigates PAPUA and NYASALAND in
search for submarine.
Anti-submarine operations with sustained depth
HM Frigate LOCH SHIP joined operations.
Significant quantities of wreckage, documents
and clothing were found and attacks ceased
Sinking of U1011 off the entrance to Loch Foyle
,in position 55.17N 06.WW was credited to
these ships. See U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
(Note: U1011 was commanded by Oberleutenant zur
See Wolfgang Glaser.
Captain later awarded the DSC and ASDIC operator
For details of weapons and tactics used for
convoy defence see SEEK AND STRIKE by
W Hackmann and BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS by J Terrains).
Passage with HMS PAPUA and HNS NYASALAND to Join Force 38 in SH Approaches for
support of convoy escorts in place of ships of
6th Escort Group.
Commenced duty as Force 138 and joined escort
for KMS Convoy on passage to the
Deployed on patrol from Coningbeg Light to
Stella LV in support of convoys.
Passage to Milford Haven for replenishment and
Returned to support duty and escorted Convoys
KMS81 and HX336.
On entering Milford Haven collided with buoy and
sustained damage to Fuel Tank.
Taken in hand for repair in Liverpool
(Note: Opportunity was taken during this period
to stiffen the hull structure in accordance
with an Admiralty directive following reports
from other ships of the Class).
Rejoined Group and deployed for anti-submarine
patrol in NW Approaches.
Transferred to Scapa Flow for convoy defence in
Nominated for service in East Indies after end
of hostilities in Europe.
Deployed in North Sea based at
Scapa Flow for convoy defence.
On cessation of hostilities deployed at Rosyth
Deployed as escort for Convoy RN1with HM
Frigates LOCH GORM, PAPUA, MONTSERRAT,
and HM Minesweeper MAENAD to
Stavanger, Bergen and Oslo
(Note: Convoy comprised ten ships including HM
Danlayer TRODDAY manned by the Royal
Norwegian Navy and taking Norwegian nationals
back to Norway.
Note: Later visited Horten.
Escorted surrendered German submarines U874,
U975, U170 and U1108 to Scapa Flow from
Oslo with HMS BAHAMAS.
(Note: These submarines were to be disposed of
by sinking in NW Approaches.
After arrival U-Boats detached and took passage
with HM Frigates BAYNTUN and TAVY to
Escorted 13 Type 23 U-Boats from Bergen with HM
Frigates BAYNTUN, BAHAMAS and
During passage sighted mines which were sunk by
Detached as escort for U2328 which could not
maintain convoy speed.
Returned independently to Scapa Flow.
Arrived at Scapa Flow.
Deployed as escorted for U2321, U2325, U2328,
U2335, U2337, U2350, U2353, U2354, U2361
and U2363 to Loch Ryan with HM Frigates LOCH
ACHRAY, LOCH MORE and GRINDALL.
(Note: U-Boats were to be prepared for
destruction at Loch Ryan).
East Indies deployment by end August 1945 confirmed.
Returned to Londonderry to give foreign service
leave and prepare for foreign service.
Four 20mm Oerlikon guns fitted on quarterdeck to
improve AA defence.
New Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Commander. C
W Leadbetter RNR appointed.
At Londonderry preparing for foreign service in
East Indies Escort Force.
Developed machinery defect during passage to
On completion of repair took passage to
Joined HM Monitor ROBERTS for Joint passage.
Arrived at Gibraltar.
Took passage to Alexandria with HM Monitor
Transit of Suez Canal.
Arrived at Aden.
(Note: HMS ROBERTS detached during Red Sea
At Colombo and prepared for support of landings
(Operation ZIPPER - This had been delayed at
American insistence and problems. at service
departments in London due to demobilisation
arrangements under the PYTHON Scheme.
Deployed as escort for escort of LCT's (Convoy
JMD16) to Port Swettenham with HM Frigate
At Port Swettenham during landings of Indian
troops (Operation ZIPPER).
Passage to Singapore.
At Singapore for for formal surrender ceremony.
Escorted Convoy No 5 from Singapore during
passage to ports in Bay of Bengal
Deployed for guardship, patrol and convoy escort
in Straits of Malacca after return to
(For details see BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de
Took passage to Saigon, French Into China.
Passage from Saigon with HM Landing Ship
(Infantry) QUEEN EMMA in tow.
(Note: HM Frigate LOCH MORE and ss MALACCA in
The LSI had been mined)
Resumed duties at Singapore on arrival.
Passage to Bangkok,
Return passage from Bangkok to Singapore.
Taken in hand for docking and repair of stern
tube linings in commercial shipyard.
(Note: The shafts and linings ware believed to
have been misaligned after an earlier incident
when a depth charge detonated prematurely.
The recent towing of HM LSI QUEEN EMMA was also
believed to have caused further
New linings ware fitted and one tail shaft
Leakage through the stem glands became a source
of anxiety after this docking.)
Dry-docking and repair in continuation.
Prepared for operational use after undocking.
Deployed for Air-Sea Rescue duties in Bay of
(Note: This was part of an East Indies Fleet
operation during the visit by HM King George VI
to the XIV Army in
Arrived at Trincomalee after release from Air
Sea Rescue deployment.
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Nominated for duty as Guardship in Dutch East
Passage from Trincomalee to Singapore.
Arrived at Singapore to prepare for Guardship
Took passage to Sourabaya.
Sailed for Ball for patrol duties to intercept
vessels reported to be used for supply of arms
personnel for insurrections by those opposed to
the Dutch colonial administration.
Began patrol duty off Bali.
Returned to Sourabaya.
(Note: During this period off Bali an offer of
surrender by Japanese officers was not accepted.
Later the surrender took place on board HMS LOCH
Deployed at Semerang as Guardship.
Returned to Singapore and deployed at Johore.
Deployed at Singapore.
Took passage to Bangkok to embark diplomatic
Passage to Singapore with Italian Ambassador,
diplomatic staff and FANY officer.
(Note: Change of Officers’ cabin arrangements
Resumed duties at Singapore.
Passage to Batavia.
Passage to Macassar to embark Dutch military and
Embarked passengers at Macassar
Took passage to Amboina Island.
Passage to Kai to land Dutch civilians and
family of Dutch Governor.
Return passage from Kei to Macassar.
Arrived at Macassar.
Embarked two Japanese war criminals and Dutch
(Note: Prisoners were kept under guard on
quarterdeck during passage to Singapore.
At Singapore and landed passengers.
Secured at Sembawang naval bass.
Nominated for Guardship duty at Morotai.
passage from Singapore to Morotai to relieve HM
Destroyers CAVALIER and
Arrived at Morotai to begin Guardship duty.
(Note: Morotai , in the Moluccas Group of
islands was being used for the detention of
POW whilst awaiting return to Japan.
Arrangements for custody of the POW in Liberty
Ships was the responsibility of the
Australian Army but these ships had to be
inspected by personnel from the Guardship to
ensure they were satisfactory for this duty).
Deployed as Guardship at Morotai.
(Note: Conditions on board a LOCH Class Frigate
without air conditioning and a ventilation
system inadequate for tropical climate were far
The limited facilities available, apart from the
abundance of swimming and ‘Banyan’
opportunities did little to enthuse the Ship's
Company, largely made up of HO personnel!)
Sailed for Singapore without regret.
Arrived at Singapore.
Prepared for return passage to UK.
Took passage from Singapore.
Sailed from Trincomalee.
Called at Aden.
Suez Canal transit.
Took passage from Gibraltar for Plymouth.
(Statistical Note: Mileage steamed - 37,525).
Paid off began reduction to Reserve status
De-ammunitioned and de-stored
Reducing to Reserve status in continuation.
Docked for extensive investigation into shaft
alignment consequent on incidents during
service (See above).
Laid up in Reserve Fleet at Plymouth.
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In Reserve at Plymouth.
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to F648 (May 1948)
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In Reserve at Plymouth.
Nominated for refit in commercial shipyard.
(Note: This refit was undertaken to ensure high
state of availability when brought forward for
Passage under tow from Plymouth to London.
Taken in had for refit by Green and Silley Weir, East
India Docks, London.
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Post refit trials.
Refit work completed
To be brought forward for service and
(Note: Nine LOCH Class Frigates were to taken
out of Reserve to replace seven BATTLE
Class Destroyers in the Mediterranean).
Commanding Officer: Commander A H Williams
Commissioned with Chatham Depot personnel for
service in 2nd Frigate Flotilla, Mediterranean
Passage to Sheerness..
At Chatham for refit to prepare for operational
Taken in hand for refit and repair work not
undertaken in London.
Embarked outfit of naval and victualling stores.
At Chatham preparing for service and embarked
ammunition at Sheerness.
Sailed from Sheerness for Portsmouth.
Passage to Gibraltar from Portsmouth.
Arrived at Gibraltar
Docked after collision with RFA PRESTOL.
Sailed from Gibraltar to Malta.
Joined Flotilla In Malta.
Deployed with Flotilla in Malta.
Returned to Malta.
Took part in 2nd Summer Cruise including visits
to Crete and Aegean islands.
Nominated for detached duty as Guardship duty at
Passage to Port Said from Izmir.
Suez Canal transit.
Arrived at Aqaba.
On relief as Guardship took passage to Athens,
Embarked HM Ambassador to Greece and Lady Norton
with Sir Malcolm Sargent, who
was nationally renowned as a musical conductor.
Sailed from Athena.
Visited Patros and Kos.
At Leros and Amogos.
Passengers disembarked and took passage to
Rejoined Flotilla in Malta
Deployed with Flotilla and visited Tripoli.
Transferred to 5th Frigate Flotilla with HM
Frigates LOCH MORE and LOCH CRAGGIE
based in Malta.
Deployed with Flotilla in
Malta for local exercises
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Deployed at Malta.
Involved in collision with HM Destroyer
CHIVALROUS at Malta..
Nominated for detached duty at Aqaba.
Took passage to Aqaba.
Deployed as Guardship at Aqaba
On relief sailed from Aqaba to return to Malta
with call at Port Sudan.
Arrived at Malta and rejoined Flotilla.
Prepared for Mediterranean Spring Cruise and
Sailed from Malta for Fleet cruise and
At Aranci Bay
Took passage to Gibraltar.
Arrived at Gibraltar.
Sailed for combined Fleet exercises with Home
At Augusta, Sicily.
Passage to Malta.
Deployed at Malta with Flotilla..
Prepared for Fleet 1st Summer Cruise Exercise
and Visits programme.
Sailed for Fleet Exercises in Eastern
Arrived at Marmarice, Turkey for Fleet Regatta.
Took passage for exercises.
Arrived in Malta
(Note: Nominated for Guardship duty at Aqaba.
No confirmation is available).
Deployed with Flotilla in
(Note: Contemporary records show no passage to
or from Aqaba.
Flotilla duties based in
Took passage to Athena.
Sailed from Athens for Crete.
Returned to Athens.
from Athens for visit to Istanbul.
Sailed from Istanbul for NATO Exercise SYMPHONIE
Took part in SYMPHONIE DEUX.
At Juan lea Pins, French Riviera.
At Golfe Juan and Nice.
Sailed from Nice for continuation of exercise.
Sailed from Menton for passage to Malta.
Arrived in Malta after exercising on passage.
Deployed in Malta with Flotilla.
Nominated for Guardship duty at Port Said.
Passage to Port Said.
Arrived at Port Said.
(Note: This deployment was ordered to increase
in the RN presence in the Eastern
because of the political unrest in the Middle
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Deployed at Port Said.
Passage to Malta to rejoin Flotilla.
Resumed Flotilla duties on arrival.
Deployed with Flotilla in
Took passage for exercises in Central
Sailed to resume exercises.
Returned to Malta.
Passage to Venice with HM Sloops CYGNET, PEACOCK
and HM Frigate LOCH MORE.
At Venice with chips of Flotilla.
Sailed for return to Malta with Flotilla.
Passage to Malta from Messina, Sicily.
(Note: A new commanding Officer joined ship
during mid 1952,
Commander AC Mackworth RN).
Took part in 1st Summer Cruise Fleet Exercise
and Visits Programme.
Calls made at Berletta, Lautaki and Dogamsti
before Fleet Regatta at Navarino in southern
reduction to Reserve status at Chatham)
On return to Malta carried out self maintenance
and prepared for return passage.
Took passage from Malta to UK with four Motor
Launches and HM Landing Craft
236 under tow.
Speed was restricted.
(Note: Calls were made at Gibraltar,
Lisbon and Santander,
Arrived at Chatham.
Paid-off and commenced Reduction to Reserve
Laid-up at Chatham in Reserve Fleet.
F i n a
l P h a s e
SCAVAIG had been recommended for modernisation
Mediterranean but this was never implemented The
ship was towed to Liverpool in
May 1953 to be fully preserved by Henderson's.
completion in November that year she was towed
to Gibraltar and joined the
Reserve Fleet Sub-Division. Whilst at Gibraltar
it became evident that dockyard
refit would be needed she could be brought
forward for further operational
service and her Reserve Category was accordingly
reduced. No refit was
therefore arranged and she was placed on the
Disposal List in 1958 as part of the
reduction of the Reserve Fleet in 1958. Before
being scrapped the ship was
de-equipped and placed on the Sales List. Sold
to an Italian shipbreaker
at Genoa she arrived at the breakers’ yard in
tow on 5th September 1959.