LOCH-Class Frigate ordered from Caledon
SB at Dundee on 2nd February 1943 and laid down as Job
Number J11845 on 7th December 1943. The ship was launched on 19th
June 1944 and
was the 1st R N ship to bear the name. Build was
completed on 16th November 1944. This ship was adopted by the civil community of
Burnham on Sea, Somerset after commissioning.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field White, in front of a saltire couped and engrailed Black,
a sprig of
Hazel, fructed proper.
(Explanation: From the arms and Badge of the Colquhoun.)
Si je puis: 'If I can'
(Note: The Clan Colquhoun motto.
This Clan has been predominant in the area adjacent t Loch
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Contractor's trials and commissioned for service in 17th Escort Group.
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander R E H Partington RNR.
18th Commenced Acceptance trials.
On completion of trials and storing took passage
24th Worked up at Tobermory for operational service.
11th Joined Group at Greenock on completion of
12th Deployed at Greenock for convoy defence in NW Approaches and Irish
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Transferred to Channel in continuation.
Deployed with Task Group 125 in Channel and Irish Sea for coastal convoy
Transferred to Scapa Flow for convoy defence in NW Approaches and
April Deployed in Channel based at Plymouth in
May Returned to Greenock after VE Day.
Nominated for service in East Indies after
Taken in hand for refit at Milford Haven.
Ventilation system modified and
Close Range AA armament improved.
New Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander S
Darling DSC RANVR
28th Took passage to Ceylon.
23rd Sailed from Aden for Colombo for briefing.
Prepared for escort duty.
Deployed for escort of military convoys prior to Malayan Landings.
(Operation ZIPPER. See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J
BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser and
Naval Staff History.
Escorted ZIPPER convoys for Port Swettenham landings.
(New Commanding Officer Lieut. Commander KG
Webb, RNR appointed.)
12th Deployed at Singapore and nominated for support of military
Escort duties from Kuching and Labuan to
Patrol and escort duties based at Singapore.
(Note: Landing craft and other ships ware being
used to carry PoW and civilian
internees (RAPWI) and escorts ware provided for
passage in and out of Singapore.
See SEAGULLS IN MY BELFRY by C Anderson.)
Deployed as Guardship at Sabang.
Indian Ocean escort duty from Vizgapatan.
Support and escort duties in continuation based at Singapore.
Deployed at Kuching and Labuan, Borneo.
24th Returned to Singapore.
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Patrol and escort duties based at Singapore.
19th Escorted convoy to Vizgapatan.
Nominated for return to UK to pay off.
Escort of Landing Craft taking RAPWI to Singapore, with HMS LOCH CRAGGIE.
13th Escort of U181 and U862 for scuttling in Straits of Malacca (0.3
HMS LOCH GLENDHU. On completion took
passage to Trincomalee.
19th At Trincomalee.
Nominated for return to UK to Pay-off into
Passage from Trincomalee to Aden.
20th Sailed from Aden.
April Arrived at Portsmouth and Paid-Off.
De-stored and began reduction to Reserve status.
May Accepted into Reserve at Portsmouth
July Laid-up at Portsmouth.
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Laid-up at Portsmouth.
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to F137 (1948)
Refitted for further Reserve Fleet service 1949-
Returned to Reserve (22/11/49)
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Nominated for service and to be brought forward iron Reserve.
Prepared for operational service at Portsmouth.
22nd Commissioned for service with 2nd Frigate Flotilla, Mediterranean
Commanding Officer: Commander H R Moore RN.
Weapon trials and Work-up
to Anti-Submarine training at Londonderry
12th Sailed from Portsmouth to join Flotilla in Malta.
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Deployed with Flotilla in Malta.
Detached to relieve HMS LOCH SCAVAIG as Guardship at Aqaba.
Returned to Malta
April Deployed with Flotilla In Malta.
May Maintenance period in Malta.
June Took part with Flotilla in Fleet exercise and visits
programme including Fleet
July at Marmarice, Turkey.
Took part in Exercise BEEHIVE.
Deployed with Flotilla at Malta.
Took part In Fleet exercise and including NATO Exercise
Visited French Riviera.
Deployed with Flotilla in Malta.
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Under refit in Malta.
On completion deployed for detached service as Guardship at Port Aid.
Deployed in Red Sea.
10th Escorted ships of 120th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla in Red Sea.
(Note: These ships were in passage to Singapore
and collected at Aden by
May Deployed as Guardship at Aqaba.
19th Returned to Malta.
June Deployed with Flotilla for Fleet exercises and
Deployed as Guardship at Pert Said.
Flotilla deployment in continuation.
Nominated for return to UK pending modernisation
Passage to UK.
31st Paid-Off at Portsmouth and held in Reserve Fleet prior to refit.
Laid-up at Portsmouth.
Approval given to de-store.
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Preparing for modernisation by Charles Hill at Bristol.
June Under modernisation.
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Malicious damage to electric cables. No RN personnel involved.
Planned completion delayed.
Commissioned for Post refit trials.
Trials including weapon calibrations at Portland.
Nominated for service in Persian Gulf.
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Passage to Chatham on completion of trials.
Semi-tropicalised by HM Dockyard Chatham
19th Commissioned for service.
Commanding Officer: Commander B M D L'Anson, RN
May Passage to Malta to work-up.
June Deployed in Malta for work-up with Mediterranean
July Passage to Bahrain to relieve HM Frigate LOCH ALVIE.
26th Assisted RFA Tanker RFA WAVE KING with feed pump problems
(Note: RFA went to Mina-al-Ahmadi on completion
Salvage awards were paid later.)
Deployed for patrol in Persian Gulf, based at Bahrain.
Deployed for East Coast of India Patrol with visit, to Rangoon.
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Returned to Persian Gulf for duty at Bahrain.
took part in local exercises with ships based at Bahrain.
April Passage to UK to re-commission.
Paid -Off at Chatham
May Under refit.
Re-commissioned at Chatham for service in Persian Gulf.
Commanding Officer: Commander D G Roome MVO RN
Royal Marines detachment embarked, OCRM
Lieutenant Mottram RM
Post refit trials in Nore and prepared for
work-up at Portland.
Carried out Work-up and weapon trials at Portland.
On completion deployed with Home Fleet and took
part in Exercise CUT LOOSE.
Took part in Home Fleet visits programme on completion of CUT LOOSE.
Visited Flushing and spent seven days at Dieppe.
Returned to Chatham to prepare for foreign
14th took passage to Bahrain via Freetown and Cape of Good Hope.
(Note: Passage via Indian Ocean necessary
because of closure of Suez Canal.)
Called at Gibraltar and Freetown.
Called at Simonstown and Mombasa.
Arrived at Bahrain as relief for HM Frigate LOCH
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On completion of Maintenance Period carried out Dhow Patrol in southern Gulf.
Visited Doha and Das Island.
Deployed for interception patrol off Batina Coast prior to taking passage to
for Interim Docking.
(Note: Extensive hospitality was provided by
the British community.)
On completion of docking took passage from Karachi to resume service at Bahrain.
April Deployed for patrol in southern Gulf and returned to
Carried out patrol in northern Gulf and paid
visit to Bushire.
Sailed to Mina al-Ahmadi for R&R visit and
returned to Bahrain.
May Deployed for Batina coast patrol for interception of
Passage to Aden on release from patrol.
Visited Djibouti, French
June Returned to Aden and deployed for routine visit to
(Note: Kameran was a British possession
administered by the
Colonial authorities at Aden whose officials
Took passage from Aden to carry out Indian Ocean patrol
visit to Seychelles
Diverted from planned programme and took passage
after civil unrest in Ceylon.
July Arrived at Trincomalee after rough passage.
Remained available in Ceylon at Trincomalee and
Colombo to provide
aid to civil authorities if required.
On release took passage to Bahrain to relieve HM
Frigate LOCH ALVIE.
(Note: HMS LOCH ALVIE had been retained in
Bahrain and on relief carried
out the patrol in Indian Ocean including visit
Heightened tension in Persian Gulf states had
warship for patrol in view of revolt in Oman.)
Deployed at Bahrain during local unrest and landed Royal Marines
for shore support.
(Note: Royal Marines were replaced by troops of
Light Infantry who had been sent from Kenya.)
10th Despatched from Bahrain to assist disabled mercantile anchored
off Jazirah Qais.
(Note: Jazirah Qais is an island 30 miles off
Persian coast and 100
miles west of the Straits of Hormuz.)
11th On arrival took Italian ss ARAGONESE in tow to Sitra, Bahrian.
12th Arrived at Sitra with ARAGONESE.
(Note: Salvage awards were paid to ship’s
company in 1959.)
13th Resumed patrol duties and took passage to join HM Frigates LOCH
FADA and LOCH RUTHVEN deployed for Batina coast
patrols, based at
Khor Kuwai at entrance to Persian Gulf.)
(Note: Extensive Dhow search operations were
being carried out
to intercept craft taking weapons and personnel for use by
rebel forces in Oman.)
20th Returned to Bahrain from Batina coast.
24th Deployed in northern Persian Gulf for patrol and visited Basra.
8th Returned to Bahrain after visit to Mina.
16th took return passage to UK from Bahrain.
19th At Aden.
20th Called at Kameran Island and took passage to Suez.
Passage in Mediterranean
5th Called at Gibraltar.
12th Arrived at Chatham Paid-off for Extended refit.
(Note: During Atlantic passage a serious fire
occurred in No. 2 Boiler Room. Blaze was
extinguished by ship’s company after oil fuel
supply had been cut off by the brave
action of Stoker Petty Officer Robert
Barlow who was subsequently awarded
the British Empire Medal (Military Division).)
Deployed at Chatham and prepared for refit.
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Transferred to Sheerness for refit by HM Dockyard.
Taken in hand for refit.
(Note: This was the last major refit carried out by HM Dockyard at Sheerness
closure in May 1960.)
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(Note: Extensive work was carried out to fit a centralised air conditioning
the whole of the forward structure.)
Commissioned for service in Persian Gulf.
Commanding Officer: Commander C B Armstrong RN
Royal Marines Detachment embarked.
Commenced sea trials after delay in completion
of dockyard work.
Sea Trials in continuation.
Further delays due to machinery problems.
22nd Sailed for Portland from Sheerness for
Work-up completion delayed by adverse weather conditions..
12th Sailed from Portland to Chatham for Leave Period.
(Note: Work-up incomplete and to be resumed in
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Completed work-up and prepared for foreign service at Portsmouth.
3rd took passage to Bahrain with rough passage in Atlantic.
25th Deployed at Aden for patrol off Somaliland aid visit to Berbera.
Passage to Bahrain arriving on 6th for maintenance period,
17th Deployed In southern Gulf for patrol and visited Abu Dhabi and
Took part in Exercise WINGED CHARIOT in Arabian
(Note: HM Commando Carrier CENTAUR and HM
Destroyer LAGOS also took port.)
Minister of Defence (Mr Harold Watkinson)
visited ship at Bahrain.
5th Arrived at Bahrain having given medical aid to
tanker VOLVATELLA during passage.
8th Deployed on patrol and visited Doha.
May Took part in Exercise KHARGEX II with HMS LOCH INSH
Iranian Navy ships at Kharg Island.
Took part in Exercise CASPEX V with ships of 9th
and Amphibious Squadron. On completion took
passage to Karachi
June Returned to Persian Gulf after delay in completion
due to Sonar Dome repair work
Visited Banda Abbas, Iran.
July Deployed for patrol in southern Gulf and visited
Qeshm, Lingeh and Qai.
Arms found in dhow stopped during patrol with
HMS LOCH FADA.
Paid Official visit to Muscat.
Official visit to Doha after maintenance period at Bahrain.
27th Arrived at Bombay to join exercises with RIM ships.
completion of exercises return to Bahrain.
Film crew joined to make Recruiting Film 'First
Left Past Aden'.
Visited Mina-al-Ahmadi (Port of
Kuwait) before further patrol
Self maintenance in Bahrain during which ship visited by Lord Carrington (First
Lord of the
Took part in Exercise HALLMARK to prepare for
Exercise MIDLINK III
23rd Passage to Karachi with HMS LOCH FADA to take part in MIDLINK III
28th Joined sea serials for MIDLINK III during which aircraft and a US
Navy submarine were used.
Exercise MIDLINK III in continuation. Phase 3 included convoy
Returned to Bahrain for Annual Inspection.
Annual Inspection with HMS LOCH FADA and HMS
LOCH RUTHVEN as consorts.
On completion carried cut patrol off Trucial
19th Visited Doha.
Patrol in continuation with visits to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
After R&R at Bahrain visited Mina-al-Ahmadi for
Film crew left ship.
27th took passage from Bahrain for UK to recommission.
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On passage to UK with calls at Aden and Gibraltar.
26th Arrived at Chatham to Pay-Off and refit.
July Re-commissioned for service with 9th Frigate
Commanding Officer: Commander D T Smith RN (N).
Worked-up at Portland.
Returned to Chatham to give leave.
Took passage to Aden with calls at Malta and Tripoli.
Arrived at Bahrain.
Deployed for patrol in southern Persian Gulf.
Took part in local exercise.
At Mina-al-Ahmadi for Xmas
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Deployed for patrol and exercises based at Bahrain.
Carried out Batina coast patrols.
Passage to Cochin with call at Bombay.
Returned to Bombay for routine docking.
April On completion resumed patrol duties based at
May Took part in Exercise KARGEX at Kharg Island with
June Visited Abadan before return to Bahrain.
RM Detachment landed for Queens Birthday Parade.
Returned to Bahrain for Batina coast patrol with
visit to Muscat.
Took passage to Aden with stay at Banda Khairan on the Omani
coast to carry out
Arrived at Aden.
Visited Djibouti asked to carry out salvage
operation on ss MEDINA PRINCESS which
was alongside with extensive flooding,
possibly due to disaffection of crew.
The attempt to control flooding was a total
failure as no details of pipe system were held
(Note: This mercantile was later taken to an
anchorage in the harbour.)
Returned to Aden to prepare for East African
Nominated for service at Singapore with 3rd
Frigate Squadron as relief for HMS
ST BRIDES BAY.
(Note: Ship not to return to UK as planned and
ships company returned by air.)
Passage to Mombasa followed by calls at Tanga and Dar-es -Salam.
Took passage to Singapore with call at Gan.
18th Re-commissioned at Singapore for service with Far East Fleet after
Commanding Officer: Commander P D Nicol RN
(Note: New ship's company joined after
air-trooping flight from UK.)
Post refit trials on completion of dockyard work.
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Sea Trials and shakedown for operational service.
Worked up in Singapore sea area with HM Frigate ALERT as consort.
Passage to Hong Kong.
7th Arrived at Hong Kong.
21st Sailed to Labuan to relieve HM Frigate LLANDAFF for patrol duty in
support of military
operations against Indonesian
infiltration (KONFRONTASI operations).
30th After relief by HM Destroyer
CAESAR returned to Singapore.
4th took passage to Gan for Guardship duty.
10th Arrived at Gan.
During Guardship duty exercised periodically at
7th Air Officer Commanding Far East Air Force visited ship.
14th took passage to Singapore.
16th Gunnery Officer injured in diving accident.
22nd Major mechanical defect with loss of use of Port propeller due to
23rd Arrived at Singapore using Starboard propeller only
Emergency docking arranged. Ship's company
transferred to shore accommodation.
4th Moved to dry-dock.
July Basin and sea trials unsatisfactory.
Departure for Borneo patrol delayed.
10th Sailed for Labuan for patrol.
15th Embarked Platoon of Internal Security Police.
27th Deployed at Tawau.
29th During patrol of Tawau with Gurkhas embarked air conditioning broke
2nd Sailed for Hong Kong.
6th Arrived Hong Kong
15th Embarked passengers including Gurkhas, Royal Artillery and
locally entered Chinese
Stewards for SEA DAY demonstrations.
19th Sailed for Singapore
24th Arrived at Singapore.
1st took passage to Gan for Guardship duty.
7th Arrived at Gan
10th Deployed for burial of Able Seaman Dallas who had died during period
23rd Carried out exercises at sea returning on 26th.
30th took passage with passengers for Seychelles.
4th Arrived at Seychelles.
7th Return passage to Gan.
13th Sailed for Singapore.
18th Arrived at Singapore after exercises on passage with HM LOCH
30th Sailed for Kuching with military personnel embarked.
31st Arrived at Kuching.
2nd Deployed for patrol on passage to Tawau.
25th Sailed from Tawau for Hong Kong after extensive patrol
activities. Several native
craft (KUMPITS) were intercepted and
30th Arrived at Hong Kong.
4th Sailed for Singapore after exercises.
9th Arrived at Singapore to recommission.
New ships company arrived by air.
16th Re-commissioned for further service in 3rd Frigate Squadron, Far
Commanding Officer Commander B L Spark RN.
19th Took part in Fleet exercises off Singapore.
29th Sailed for Penang arriving on 31st.
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2nd took passage for Fleet exercises.
11th Passage from Can to Colombo.
13th At Colombo with ships of Far East Fleet for Official Visit by CinC
17th took passage for Fleet exercises.
24th Arrived at Singapore on completion of exercises.
4th took passage to Labuan for patrol duties.
29th On completion of patrol duty sailed for Hong Kong.
4th Arrived at Hong Kong.
9th Sailed for Singapore for refit and docking.
13th Arrived at Singapore.
24th Resumed Flotilla duties and took passage to Gan for Guardship duty.
1st Visited Male.
2nd Relieved HM Destroyer CAMBRIAN as Guardship.
7th Visited Male. British Representative took passage to Gan for return
20th Visited Seychelles returning to Can on 29th.
15th Visited Male
19th took passage to Singapore arriving on 26th.
3rd Sailed for Hong Kong for Fleet exercises.
8th Arrived at Hong Kong with defective Port Engine.
9th Under repair at Hong Kong.
17th took passage to Manila arriving on 20th.
24th took passage from Manila for Borneo patrol duty.
27th Deployed for patrol based at Tawau.
Borneo patrol duty in continuation.
21st Arrived at Singapore on completion of patrol duty.
9th took part in Fleet exercises.
13th Carried out patrol off east coast of Malaya.
16th At Singapore.
21st Deployed with HMS LOCH FADA for Malayan coast patrol and exercises.
28th Returned to Singapore after calls at Tumpat, Dungun and Kuantan.
2nd took part in Flotilla exercises.
9th Deployed of west coast of Malaya.
10th Machinery repairs on Starboard engine took 7 hours.
12th took passage to Hong Kong arriving on 17th.
27th Returned to Singapore.
4th Sailed from Singapore with Paying-Off Pennant flown.
11th Arrived at Gan to refuel resuming passage on 12th.
19th At Aden.
28th Suez Canal transit.
7th At Gibraltar.
13th Arrived at Portsmouth.
19th Paid -Off.
Miles steamed in last Commission - over 40,000.
F i n a l P h a s e
HMS LOCH LOMOND
was placed on the Disposal List in February 1965 and remained at Portsmouth until
1967 when she was taken to Chatham to be de-equipped prior to Sale. The ship was sold in 1968 to BISCO for demolition by.
Metal Industries and arrived in tow the breaker’s yard
in at Faslane on 7th October that year.
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)