LOCH Class Twin Screw Frigate
ordered from Caledon SB at Dundee on 2nd
February 1943 and laid down on 26th April 1944
as Job Number 11848
(Yard Number). The ship was launched on 12th
February 1945 as the first RN ship
to bear the name. Build was completed
on 4th July 1945 after being fitted out in Troon,
Ayrshire. This ship
second to be fitted with turbine
propulsion machinery. See General Information.
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At Troon for fitting-out.
Commissioned for service.
Commanding Officer: Lt. Cdr. MS Wiork DSC
Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
After acceptance and storing ship took passage
to Tobermory to work-up
On completion carried special machinery trials
(Note: These were required to measure amount of
noise made whilst using
the propellers fitted during Build.
Carried out further Noise trials with new
Deployed for escort and tow of surrendered U-Boats
from Londonderry to Loch Ryan
prior to their destruction in Operation DEADLIGHT.
Deployed for second escort of U-boats
Escorted merchant ship carrying ammunition from
Cairnryan for scuttling in NW Approaches.
Nominated for escort of a mercantile from
Cairnryan for scuttling.
(Note: This was not carried out because of
Boiler defect caused during preparation for
Damage was caused due to incorrect procedures
Taken in hand for repair
On completion joined Training Flotilla at
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Deployed at Londonderry for anti-submarine
Commanding Officer: Lt. Cdr. AD Piper DSO,
DSC RN (02/01/47)
Under refit at Devonport.
Deployed at Londonderry.
Commanding Officer: Lt. Cdr. V C F Clark
Ship grounded off Skipness Point in Sound of
Taken in hand for repair at Devonport
(Note: Special investigations carried out
because of extent of damage.)
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On completion of post repair trials resumed
training duties with Flotilla at Londonderry.
Commanding Officer: Lt. Cdr. A D Piper DSC RN
Londonderry deployment in continuation.
Attended Review of Home Fleet by HM King George
VI in Clyde
Deployed at Londonderry for training.
Commanding Officer: Cdr. N J Wagstaff RN
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Londonderry training duties with Flotilla in
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to F655)
Took part in Home Fleet Exercise SW3 with
Resumed training deployed in release
Nominated for refit at Rosyth.
(Note: Extensive work undertaken included
improvement of A/S facilities and fit
of an Operations Room.
Resumed Flotilla duties on completion of post
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Deployed for Training duties with Flotilla
Commanding Officer: Cdr. R S Blacker RN
Sustained significant damage in collision with
Aberfoyle Light Beacon in Lough Foyle.
Under repair in Refit in Clyde commercial
(Note: This was necessary since no dock was
available in HM Dockyard at Rosyth.)
Starboard main propeller shaft and stern tube
found to be misaligned but major repair
needed was deferred until next routine docking.
Only other essential work to enable ship to
resume training was to be undertaken.)
Resumed Flotilla duties at Londonderry on
completion of post repair trials.
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Deployed for training duties at Londonderry with
Took part in Home Fleet exercise and visits
Ran aground at Garrison Point Sheerness and
damaged Log Impeller .
Continued training deployment.
Commanding Officer: Cdr. RG Jenkins, OBE, DSC RN
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Training Flotilla deployment in continuation and
took Part in Home Fleet exercises and visits
(Note: Ship visited Haugesund and Norhelmsund in
Norway with LOCH ARKAIG in July 1951
and in 1952 Amsterdam and Copenhagen.)
Commanding Officer: Commander C K S Hoyle RN.
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Nominated for reduction to Reserve status and
took passage to Portsmouth.
Paid off and de-stored before being laid up in
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HMS LOCH TRALAIG was
transferred to the Reserve Fleet at Hartlepool
1954 and used as the headquarters ship for administration
and accommodation. She remained in Reserve until
1961 when placed on the
Disposal List. Sold to BISCO for demolition by P
& W MacLellan
in 1964 she arrived at the breakerís yard
in Boíness on the
Forth in August that year.