BAY Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate
initially ordered on
19th January 1944 for build as a LOCH Class
Anti-submarine Frigate, but the contract was
that year before build. Originally to have
been named LOCH COULSIDE
she was laid down as an Anti-Aircraft
Frigate as Job Number J11867 (Yard Number 350)
on 25th September 1944 and launched as PADSTOW
BAY by Henry Robb at Leith on 28th August
1945. She was the first RN ship to carry this
and build was completed on 11th March 1946.
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Build completion and commenced Acceptance
Completed trials and prepared for passage to
Deployed at Plymouth with reduced complement
pending availability of full complement
for service on America and West Indies
Commissioned for service at Plymouth and
prepared for work-up.
Deployed at Portland for weapon calibration
and work-up for foreign service in West
Took passage to Bermuda
Called at Punta Delgado, Azores for fuel.
Arrived at Bermuda
Sailed from Bermuda with units of Squadron for
exercises and visits programme.
Calls were made at Havana, Vera Cruz, Mexico,
Cartagena Columbia, Curacoa, La
Guava Venezula, Trinidad. Georgetown, British
Guiana, Paramaribo Surinam and Cayenne French
Return passage to Bermuda with calls at
Kingston for fuel.
Arrived at Bermuda.
Deployed at Bermuda for exercises and local duties.
Sailed From Bermuda with ships of Squadron for
exercise and visits programme
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At Antigua after call at Kingston,
Jamaica for fuel
Deployed for visits including Leeward Islands,
Return passage to Grenada after call at
Trinidad for fuel.
Arrived at Bermuda.
Sailed for visit to St Thomas, Virgin Islands
(US) and ports in Leeward Islands.
Visited Guadaloupe, Marie Galante and St
Called at St Bartholomew
Returned to Bermuda.
Deployed at Bermuda
Taken in hand for routine docking by HM
On completion prepared for visit to North
America with HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD.
Took passage to Halifax with HMS SHEFFIELD.
Arrived at Halifax.
(Note: One of the objectives for this visit
was carry out joint exercises with ships of
On completion of exercises sailed from Halifax
for visits to ports in Eastern Canadian
Visits paid to Bathurst New Brunswick, Ellis Bay
Anticosti, Miquelon (French), Argentia,
Newfoundland, Cornerbrook Newfoundland.
At Montreal with HMS SHEFFIELD,
Arrived at Bermuda after call at Portsmouth
Nominated for reduction to Reserve status and
prepared for return to Pay-off,
Took passage from Bermuda
Arrived at Plymouth
Paid off at Devonport and de-stored.
On completion of reduction to Reserve laid-up
with Reserve Fleet at Plymouth.
F i n a
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BAY remained in
the Reserve Fleet until 1958 when the ship was
placed on the Disposal List. In 1959 the
ship was sold to BISCO
for demolition by an Italian shipbreaker
and taken in
tow to La Spezia,
where she arrived on 11th August for