Twin Screw Fast Frigate
ordered on 19th January 1943 from Charles Hill of Bristol and laid down on 29th
September 1943 as Yard No 453 (Admiralty Job No 453). The ship was launched on
25th March 1944 by Mrs G Luckwell, wife of the Yard
Manager, and was the first RN ship to carry this name. She -was completed on
25th June 1944 in 274 days which was faster than the time taken for the
prototype LOCH FADA built by John Brown at Clydebank. This new type of frigate
had been adopted by the civil community of Edmonton then in the County of
Middlesex and now part of the Greater London Borough of Enfield after a WARSHIP
WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942. Although this shipyard had
previously built FLOWER Class Corvettes and RIVER Class Frigates this ship was
the first of this Class builtt in Bristol and using
more extensive prefabrication. See General Information.
G e o g r a p h i c†† D a t a
Grid Reference: NG2153
Sea Loch on NW coast of the Island of Skye
B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s
ARCTIC 1944 - NORTH SEA† 1945
H e r a l d i c† D a t a
Badge: On a Field Blue,
springs of juniper in saltire, leaved and fructed proper.
(Explanation†† The Loch is in the country of the McLeods of Harris.
The Badge is based on that of the Harris McLeods.)
M a n n i
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D e t a i
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Contractors trials and commissioned for service
Commanding Officer: Commander E Wheeler
Nominated for service in 10th Escort Group.
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
completion of trials and storing took passage to Tobermory
out work-up for operational service.
August Passage to
Clyde to prepare for convoy defence duty.
Allocated for detached service with 20th Escort Group
structural damage after collision with HM Destroyer
BULLDOG in Gourock Bay
(Note: HMS BULLDOG was badly damaged and under repair at Ardrossan for some
20th Escort Group at Loch Ewe for-Russian convoy defence.
Deployed with HM Destroyers KEPPEL, WHITEHALL, HM Sloops CYGNET, KITE.
MERMAID, PEACOCK and five FLOWER Glass Corvettes for escort of Russian Convoy
passage to Kola Inlet.
(Notes: For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA
Ruegg ARCTIC CONVOYS by J Woodman, THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B Schoefield
CONVOY ! by P Kemp and HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR BY c Blair.
The Russian battleship ARCHANGELSK (Ex HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN was also part
this convoy together with 12 Russian Torpedo Boats
being transferred to the Soviet
and manned by Russian crews.)
24th Took part
in sinking of U354 in position 72.49N 30.41E with HM Sloops MERMAID and
PEACOCK, HM Destroyer KEPPEL AND AIRCRAFT from HM
Escort Carrier VINDEX which
the initial sighting of the submarine. There were no survivors.
(Note: HM Cruiser JAMAICA, HM
Escort Aircraft Carriers STRIKER and VINDEX were also
part of the escort for JW59.).
from Convoy JW59 after arrival in Kola Inlet.
escort for returning Convoy RA59A with same ships
from return Convoy RA59A after arrival at Loch Ewe
(Note: This convoy
arrived without loss mainly due to the extensive anti-submarine
operations by aircraft from HMS STRIKER, HMS VINDEX and the vigilance
the escorts, which were responsible for sinking U394 on 1st September
allocated Escort Group at Londonderry.
Deployed with HM Frigates HELMSDALE. BRAITHWAITE, BAYTUN and FOLEY
defence of North
Atlantic convoys and
anti-submarine search operations.
October Atlantic and
coastal convoy defence in continuation
details of weapons and tactics used see SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann.
November During this
period German SCHNORKEL fitted U-Boats were being progressively
Nominated for refit
11th Taken in hand for refit
and repair of machinery defects in
Tyne commercial shipyard.
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completion of post refit trials rejoined Group and continued convoy defence.
Deployed with Flotilla based at
Scapa Flow for anti-submarine SW Approaches.
(Note: Particular attention was paid to routes used by U-Boats for entry to
February Deployed in
14th Took part
in the sinking of U989 with HM Frigates LOCH ECK, BAYNTUN and
BRAITHWAITE. There were no survivors. (See U-BOATS DESTROYED.)
(Note: Captain was awarded DSC after this action.)
was part of an extensive operation to intercept U-Boats on passage
to English Channel to continue operations against U-Boats concentrating
attacks at focal points of convoy routes.
Deployed in search for Spanish trawler reported by aircraft as main contact with
Unable to board trawler after interception and encouraged it to depart from area
and Irish Sea deployment in continuation, based at Milford Haven
termination of hostilities with Germany deployed for interception of
U-Boats without success and rejoin Group at
repair at Londonderry.
Transferred to Rosyth Escort Force.
for Air-Sea Rescue duty in Atlantic during flights of aircraft to and from
Supported re-occupation operations in Norway by transfer of stores and mail.
to 1st Anti-Submarine Training Flotilla based at Londonderry.
Commanding Officer: Commander G W McGuiness RNR appointed.
September Deployed with
Flotilla for training duties.
December Selected for
duty in Operation DEADLIGHT.
(Note: This was a programme for destruction of captured U-Boats in NW Approaches.
Submarines were to be sunk by various means including the use of
weapons, surface armament and explosive charges.)
Deployment cancelled after ship ran aground in Loch Foyle and sustained
Withdrawn from training duties.
in hand for repair in Belfast.
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January Under repair
May Post refit
Training duties at Londonderry. as part of 4th Training Flotilla.
duties at Londonderry with Flotilla in continuation.
Nominated for reduction to Reserve.
September Transfer to
Reserve delayed due to late completion cf. refit of HM Frigate LOCH TRALAIG
(Note: LOCH TRALAIG was to relieve ship in Flotilla.)
Retained in 4th Flotilla
duties at Londonderry with Flotilla.
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Cdr V C F Clarke DSC Royal Navy appointed.
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duties at Londonderry with Flotilla in continuation.
April Paid off
at Devonport and reduced to Reserve status..
May Laid up in
Category A2 Reserve at Devonport.
Category. reduced to B2.
refit before use.
repair to electrical defects at Devonport.
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up at Devonport in Reserve Fleet
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes, changed to F425 to conform with
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Taken in hand for refit in commercial shipyard at Penarth.
February Under refit.
completion of post refit trials returned to Reserve Category B in Portsmouth
Laid up at Devonport in Reserve Fleet.
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January Laid-up at
February Nominated for
service in 2nd Frigate Flotilla after refitting.
March Under refit
by HM Dockyard, Devonport for service.
Commanding Officer appointed: Commander R F Nicholson Royal Navy.
Commissioned for service in 2nd Frigate Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet.
Departure delayed by malicious damage to steering machinery.
out post refit trials and worked-up for service.
26th Sailed to
join Flotilla .in Malta towing an MFV manned by some of ship's company.
joining Flotilla took part in Flotilla exercises and visits.
Nominated for detached duty at Aqaba.
September Passage to
Aqaba for Guardship duty.
period as Guardship embarked HM King Abdulla of
to witness weapon
firing and ship manoeuvres with HM Frigate
October Passage to
Malta to resume
Flotilla duties after relief at Aqaba.
part in Flotilla programme including visit to Leghorn.
November Flotilla duties
Visited Tripoli with HMS LOCH SCAVAIG.
December Routine docking
in Malta and
resumed Flotilla duties on completion.
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with Flotilla for exercises and visited Dragonasti with HM Frigate LOCH
February Took part in Spring Cruiser
exercise and visit programme with Mediterranean Fleet.
from joint exercise with US Navy ships after machinery defect.
to Gibraltar for repair.
refit in Malta
transferred to Gibraltar
in hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
assistance after RFA BEDENHAM blew up after explosion at
(Note: This ship was unloading explosives when a barge loaded with depth charges
caught fire. The resultant explosion killed eighteen people and many were
injured together with damage to dockside buildings).
completion of post refit trials took passage to Malta to resume duty in the 2nd
entering Mellehia to paint ship before commencing Flotilla duty grounded.
Sustained extensive underwater damage included loss of propeller blades.
(Note: The Commanding Officer was subsequently court-martialled and 'dismissed'
During this period some of the ship's company were sent to provide part of
July the crew
for HM Landing Ship (Infantry) being taken out of the
Reserve Fleet in
service at Basra after Iran
demanded that the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company be
August Carried out
harbour and sea trials
September On completion
arrival in Sliema Creek the ship was involved in a series of collisions.
(Note: This did little to recover any of this ship's poor reputation as one of
the other ships
involved was HM Destroyer SAINTES, the Leader of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla and
commanded by a Captain, Royal Navy.)
with Flotilla in Malta.
November Prepared to
recommission in Malta.
(Note: The ship had only been in commission for 18 months as opposed to 30 months,
at that time for a foreign commission. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion
was made in an attempt to re-establish her somewhat tarnished image !).
Re-commissioned in Malta for service in 2nd Frigate Flotilla.
Commanding Officer: Commander R N Rycroft Royal Navy.
Rejoined HM Sloop MERMAID (Senior Officer), HM Frigate
LOCH SCAVAIG and
MAGPIE (commanded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh) in Flotilla.
Flotilla duties after maintenance period.
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January Deployed as
Guardship at Port Said during Egyptian threats to nationalise the
Provided shore landing parties in support of military.
February Port Said
duties in continuation.
passage to Benghazi to resume Flotilla duties.
from Benghazi to take part in Mediterranean Fleet exercises.
deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
Returned to Malta.
duties in continuation and visited Messina.
June Took part
in Mediterranean Fleet Summer Cruiser exercise and visits programme
Corfu for 7 days.
programme duties in continuation.
Navarino with HM Frigate LOCH LOMOND during Fleet Regatta.
August Nominated for
return to UK to be
reduced to Reserve status.
(Note: This decision had been made in view of the planned availability of faster
anti-submarine frigates the being converted from Fleet Destroyers.
Destroyers ROCKET and RELENTLESS were the prototypes).
Flotilla duties in continuation at Malta.
September Deployed at
Port Said as Guardship.
October Prepared for
return passage to UK.
November Paid-off and de-stored
reduction to Reserve status
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January Reduction to
Reserve at Devonport.
Accepted into Reserve.
Although recommended for modernisation by Flag Officer Commanding Reserve Fleet
proposal was not implemented. The earlier groundings and defect rate associated
machinery may have influenced the decision not to do extensive work in the
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for refit by HM Dockyard Devonport to ensure Reserve Category I status.
February Under repair
May Laid-up in
Reserve at Devonport.
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January Selected for
refit by Charles Hill at Bristol
Prepared for tow and refit.
March Taken in
hand for refit at Bristol. Under refit
for post refit sea trials.
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completion of trials Paid off and returned to Bristol shipyard for provision of
equipment to protect the weapon
mountings from weather
damage whilst laid up in Reserve.
work in progress.
completion prepared for tow to Penarth.
June Laid up
in Reserve Fleet at Penarth.
F i n a l††† P h a s e
HMS LOCH DUNVEGAN remained in Supplementary Reserve at Penarth until
1960 when she was put on the Disposal List. Sold to BISCO
for demolition by T W Ward at Briton Ferry where the
ship arrived under tow at the
yard on 24th August 1960.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)