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 mortar mountings..
G e o g r a p h i c D a t a
There 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.
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 Blue, a
garb Gold, banded Red over
a fess wavy White
(Explanation: From the Arms of Grosvenor. The
Duke of Westminster who
owns the Loch More Estate, is also Baron Grosvenor.)
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Contractor's trials and commissioned for service in 8th Escort Group.
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander R A D Cambridge DSC RNR.
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
passage to Tobermory on completion of trials and storing.
Commenced work-up for operational service at Tobermory.
completion joined Group at Greenock.
Deployed for convoy defence in NW Approaches and Irish Sea.
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 submarine.
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
by P Kemp and HITLER’S U-BOAT
WAR Volume 2 by C Blair.
(Note: Boarding Party retrieved valuable documents.
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
defence in continuation until VE Day.
Nominated for service in East Indies.
Deployed at Scapa Flow for escort of surrendered German submarines.
Escorted submarines during passage to Loch Ryan.
in hand for refit in Clyde shipyard.
(Note: Ventilation slightly improved and AA armament increased during refit.).
refit trials and prepared for foreign service.
for Passage Alexandria.
August Passage to
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
repatriation of long serving service personnel in SEAC and US insistence.
September Deployed as
part of escort for ZIPPER convoys during passage to Beach Head in Malaya.
release from ZIPPER took passage to Singapore.
Arrived at Singapore for support of military operations in Dutch East Indies.
Deployed for escort of convoys to Singapore carrying service and civilian
released from Japanese detention (RAPWI).
Returned to Singapore.
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.)
support duties in Sumatra and Java.
Deployed at Sourabaya as Guardship.
Returned to Singapore.
deployment in continuation
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stores in Singapore for delivery to Vizgapatam
Delivered stores and returned to Singapore
Embarked stores at Singapore and took passage to Bangkok
Deployed in Gulf of Siam.
(Note: LOCH Class Frigates were deployed during this period for air-sea duties
Gulf of Siam.)
Returned to Singapore.
passage to Trincomalee.
Commanding Officer appointed: Lieut. Commander J Raban-Williams RN.
passage to Bombay for special duties after RIN mutiny.
Deployed at Bombay with HM Cruiser GLASGOW during period of unrest.
Visited Karachi on release from special duty at Bombay.
Returned to Singapore to resume military support duties
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.
passage to UK.
passage to Sheerness.
Paid off on arrival and began reduction to Reserve status at Chatham
Accepted into Reserve
December Laid-up at
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
HMS 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 at Aqaba
and Port Said. She took part in the Fleet Exercise and Visits Programme with
ships of the Flotilla including the NATO Exercise SYMPHONIE DEUX in October.
was refitted at Gibraltar early in 1952 and rejoined the Flotilla in June to
take part in the Fleet Summer Cruise Visits and Exercise Programme
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 for
demolition by T W
Ward in August 1963 she arrived in tow at Inverkeithing
to be broken-up on 27th August 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)