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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS CARNARVON BAY (K 630) - Bay-class Frigate

HMS Widemouth Bay, sister-ship (NavyPhotos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge) return to Contents List 

BAY-Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate initially ordered on 25th January 1943 for build as a LOCH-Class Anti-Submarine Frigate, but for which the order was changed in 1944. Originally to have been named LOCH MADDY she was laid down on 8th June 1944 and launched as CARNARVON BAY by Robb at Leith on 15th March 1945. First RN ship to carry this name she was completed on 20th September 1945


G e o g r a p h i c    L o c a t i o n

Grid Reference: NO4201. Irish Sea Bay formed by coasts of Anglesey and county of Carnarvon.

(Note: Name now changed to Caernarfon.)


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 and Blue a fess wavy Green, two dragons

 wings Red armed Blue.


M a n n i n g   P o r t 




S u m m a r y   o f   S e r v i c e

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September             Nominated for service in Rosyth, Local Flotilla

                                Commissioned for service.

                                Contractors trials

                20th        Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials

                                On completion of trials and storing took passage to Portland to complete

                                weapon calibration.


October                  Carried out weapon calibration and on completion took passage to Rosyth


November              Joined Local Flotilla for training and local duties.


December              Rosyth deployment in continuation.


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January                  Deployed at Rosyth

                25th        Passage to Oslo.

                26th        At Oslo


February                Deployed for training duties.

                11th        Returned to Rosyth

                23rd        Passage to Scapa Flow

                24th        Deployed at Scapa Flow


March                    Passage to Rosyth

                4th          Resumed local duties at Rosyth.



April                       Nominated for reduction to Reserve status.

                                Passage to Harwich to Pay-off

May                        Accepted into Reserve and laid-up in Reserve Fleet at Harwich.

                                Deployed as Living Ship for personnel of Reserve Fleet 


F i n a l   P h a s e


HMS CARNARVON BAY remained at Harwich until the Reserve Fleet was closed down and was then transferred to Chatham to lay-up in the Medway. Placed on the Disposal List in 1959 this ship was sold to an Italian shipbreaker  for demolition and towed to Spezia where she arrived on 28th August 1959.


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