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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2005

HMS CAM (K 264) - River-class Frigate
including Convoy Escort Movements

HMS Jed, sister-ship (Navy Photos, click to enlarge)

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RIVER-Class Frigate ordered on 13th December 1941 under the 1941 Build Programme from G. Brown of Greenock and laid down on 30th June 1942 as Job Number J1513, Yard No 226.The ship was launched on 31st July 1943. and was one of the four of the Class fitted with Steam Turbine instead of Reciprocating propulsion machinery, Build was completed on 21st January 1944 and had already been adopted by the civil community of Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942.

 

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

 

NORMANDY  1944 - ATLANTIC  1944

 

H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Not recorded in Admiralty record of Heraldic Crests but

 this is by no means unusual for ships of the Class which

entered service during WW2, except those carrying a name

previously used.

 

 

D e t a i l s  o f   W a r   S e r v i c e

(for more ship information, go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search

 

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January                  Contractor's Sea Trials

                                Commissioned for service

                21st         Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials

 

February                Passage to Tobermory on completion of trials and storing.

                                Worked-up at Tobermory for operational service.

 

March                    Joined Western Approaches Command for Atlantic convoy defence.

to                            Deployed in NW Approaches.

April

 

May                        Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

                                Nominated for support of Normandy landings (Operation NEPTUNE),

                                For details of naval activities before and during NEPTUNE see OPERATION NEPTUNE

                                by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO) and for for information

                                about all mercantiles and warships involved D-DAY SHIPS by J de Winser.).

 

June                        Transferred to 15th Escort Group and joined HM Frigates INGLIS, LAWSON, MOORSOM

                                and MOUNSEY.

                                Deployed in SW Approaches with Group to intercept submarines on passage to attack convoy

                                traffic during NEPTUNE

                                See above references.

                12th        Transferred to Plymouth Command with Group.

                                Deployed to set up new anti-submarine barrier on the line Plymouth-Triagos.

 

July                         On release from NEPTUNE took passage to resume convoy defence duties in Western

                                Approaches.

                                During passage in North Sea detonated mine and sustained major structural damage.

                                Towed to Tyne

 

August                  After survey in Tyne commercial shipyard declared Constructive Total Loss and Paid off.

 

September             Laid up in Tyne

to

December

 

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January                  Laid up in Tyne.

to                            Placed on Disposal List.

May

 

June

                22nd       Sold for breaking-up by T Young and arrived in breakerís yard at Sunderland

                                for demolition.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS CAM

by Don Kindell

 

This convoy list has not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

14/03/44

14/03/44

KMF 029B

22/03/44

22/03/44

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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