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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 1998

HMS WHITESAND BAY (K 633) - Bay-class Frigate

HMS Mounts Bay, sister-ship (Navy Photos/Bob Hanley, click to enlarge)

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LOCH Class Anti-Submarine Frigate ordered from Harland and Wolff at Belfast on 11th May 1943 and laid down on 8th August 1944 as Admiralty Job Number J3932 ( Yard Number 621)and w as to be named LOCH LUBNAIG. Owing to a policy change to meet the need for anti-aircraft escorts for service in the Far East a revision was design change was made on 5th October 1944. The ship was launched on 16th December that year as HMS WHITESAND BAY and was the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name. Build completion date as an Anti-aircraft Frigate was 30th July 1945. See General Information for details of changes made to the basic LOCH Class hull structure.


G e o g r a p h i c  D a t a

Bay to NW of Rame Head, Cornwall

Grid Reference:SX3751


B a t t l e   H o n o u r


KOREA   1950-53


H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge: On a Field Blue, a boar's head erased White,  tongued Red

(Explanation: From the Arms of the Lords Mount Edgecumbe who have owned

land near the Bay)


M a n n i n g   D i v i s i o n




S u m m a r  y   o f   S e r v i c e

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July                         Contractors trials and commissioned for service with Pacific Escort Force

                30th        Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.

                                Commanding Officer: Lieut. Cdr. B C Longbottom RN.


August                  Passage to Tobermory to work-up for operational service


September             On completion of work-up took passage to Portland for weapon calibration and firing trials.

                                (Note: Requirement for service with Pacific Escort Force confirmed after VJ Day.

                                Deployed at Portsmouth and prepared for foreign Service



                5th          Took passage to Malta with sister ship HMS BIGBURY BAY.

                15th        Carried out exercises with ships of Mediterranean Fleet before leaving for Hong Kong

                                to join Flotilla.



                7th          Sailed from Malta with HMS BIGBURY BAY.

                23rd        On arrival at Colombo detached from HMS BIGBURY BAY.


December              Joined Flotilla at Hong Kong.

                                Deployed in South China Sea.

                24th        Visited Labuan.

                                Extensive hospitality from Australian Army unit.

                                (Note: These troops were guarding Japanese POW waiting passage to Japan.

                                During this period one source records loss of an anchor but no details of date

                                or exact place were traced)


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January                  Passage to Hong Kong from Borneo.

                                (Note: The assistance given to HM Minesweeper JEWEL for repair may have been in this

                                period, but no details are known. The ship also acquired a motor boat from the Australian

                                Army which was taken to Hong Kong).

                                Deployed for patrol and trade defence including escort of colliers from French Indo China

                                to Hong Kong.

                                Visited Labuan, Borneo.


February                Passage from Labuan to Hong Kong.

                4th          Arrived at Hong Kong.

                10th        Deployed in South China Sea for trade protection.

                11th        At Port Campha, French Indo China.

                                Visit arranged to coal mine.


March                    Escort duties in continuation.

                                Visited Haiphong.

                                (Note: French-Indo China was being infiltrated by Chinese communist forces and leave was

                                restricted due to the unstable political conditions).


April                       Passage to Auckland, New Zealand for refit


May                        Called at Townsville, Australia on passage.

                27th        Taken in hand for refit at Auckland.


June                        Under refit.


July                         Carried out post refit trials on completion of dockyard work.

                                Passage to Hong Kong.



                1st           At Vila, New Hebrides.

                19th        Arrived at Hong Kong after call at Port Moresby to refuel.

                                Resumed patrol and escort duties with Flotilla.


September             Deployed for escort and patrol duties in Formosa Straits.

                30th        At Amoy.


October                  Formosa Strait Guardship and trade protection duties in continuation.

                14th        At Hong Kong.


November              Deployed in South China Sea.

                                Passage to Singapore.


December              At Singapore.

                                Under repair at Singapore.


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January                  Passage to Hong Kong to rejoin Flotilla.


February                Deployed at Hong Kong for trade defence and patrol duties.

                6th          Took part in Fleet exercises with HM Frigates BLACK SWAN, AMETHYST, VERYAN

                                BAY and BIGBURY BAY.


March                    Joined 1st Escort Flotilla, British Pacific Fleet.

                                Nominated for transfer to 5th Frigate Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet.

                                (Note: HMS VERYAN BAY, HMS BIGBURY BAY and HMS WIDEMOUTH BAY from

                                the Pacific were also transferred for Palestine patrol duties)

                22nd       Took passage to Singapore with the other ships being transferred

                28th        At Singapore.


April                       Passage to Malta.

                3rd          At Trincomalee.

                12th        At Aden.

                18th        Suez Canal transit.

                22nd       Joined 5th Frigate Flotilla.

                                New Commanding Officer: Lieut. Cdr R F C O'Sullivan joined.


May                        At Malta and prepared for new duties.

                                (Note: Special modifications made for protection of personnel, Boarding Ramps and

                                protective nettings fitted.

                                Shore training for Boarding Parties.

                                Boiler cleaning was also carried out.

                31st         Took passage for first Palestine Patrol.


June                        Palestine Patrol in continuation.

                16th        Returned to Malta.

                                (Note: During this period intercepted ships suspected of running blockade with illegal

                                immigrants on passage between Sicily and Palestine coast.

                                Amongst ships intercepted was PRESIDENT COOLIDGE.

                                Intercepted ships were taken to Famagusta).


July                         Flotilla duties for Palestine Patrol in continuation.


August                  Boiler clean at Malta.

                20th        Deployed for interception patrol based at Haifa.


September             On relief returned to Malta and taken in hand for repair.


October                  Under repair.

to                            Post repair trials and prepared for return to Flotilla duties.


December              Deployed at Malta with Flotilla.


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January                  Carried out Flotilla duties and exercises in Malta.


February                Deployed for Haifa patrol.

                                R&R in Beirut.

                                (Note: Because of the volatile political situation in Palestine leave had to be restricted and

                                libertymen asked to remain in groups of 3 or over).


March                    Returned to Malta on relief and rejoined Flotilla.


April                       Deployed at Trieste for Guardship duties.


May                        Rejoined Flotilla in Malta.

to                            Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Malta.

June                        New Commanding Officer: Lieut. Cdr. J V Brothers appointed.

                                Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to F633.


July                         Carried out post refit trials.

                7th          Rejoined Flotilla.

                                Took part in Mediterranean Fleet 2nd Summer Cruise Programme.

                                Visited Corfu and Bari.

                                (Note: Ship carried Olympic Torch from Corfu to Bari as part of its journey from Greece

                                to London for the Olympic Games).


August                  At Argstoli for Regatta and visited Bone and Tunis.

                12th        Returned to Malta.


September             Deployed with Flotilla and visited Sfax and Sorrento.

                                Nominated for transfer to America and West Indies Station.

                20th        Took passage from Malta.

                24th        At Gibraltar.

                27th        Took passage to Madeira.

                30th        At Madeira



                2nd         Took passage to Horta, Azores.

                5th          At Horta and sailed same day.

                9th          Hurricane warning and high wind speeds.

                14th        Arrived at Bermuda.

                                Leak in A/S Compartment.


November              At Bermuda.

                19th        Took part in Squadron exercises.

                27th        On completion took passage for Antigua.



                1st           Arrived at Antigua.

                10th        Embarked Governor for visit to Basseterre.

                11th        Returned to Antigua with Governor.

                20th        Took passage to St. Kitts.

                21st         Passage to Basseterre and later St John.

                                Returned to Antigua.


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January                  At Antigua.

to                            Visited Basseterre, St Kitts and Guadaloupe.

February                Governor was embarked on some occasions.

                                (Note: During this period it is possible that the ship was deployed as Guardship for

                                Bacteriological Defence Trials being carried out by HM Landing Ships

                                NARVIK and BEN LOMOND.

                                These trials were Classified and no public announcement or record is available

                                at the Public Record Office, Kew).



                1st           Visited Monserrat with Governor.

                3rd          Returned to Antigua.

                11th        Passage to Barbados for exercises.

                                Leading Seaman fell overboard and was recovered.

                                (Note: During passage took part in exercises with H M Canadian Aircraft Carrier

                                MAGNIFICENT, HM Cruiser Jamaica, HM Canadian Cruiser ONTARIO and

                                HM Canadian Destroyer ATHABASKAN..

                                Deployed as Planeguard

                                HM Cruiser GLASGOW of A&WI Squadron also involved)

                18th        Return Passage to Antigua.

                20th        At Antigua.

                22nd       Took passage to Guantanamo for joint RN/RCN/USN exercises.

                25th        Joined HMS GLASGOW, HMS BIGBURY BAY and other ships for exercise programme.

                                (Note: Daily serials included defence of convoys against aircraft and submarine attack,

                                Gunnery firings and Night Encounter).


April                       On completion of exercises took passage to Bermuda.

                2nd         At Bermuda.

                                Deployed for Flotilla exercises off Bermuda with HM Frigates BIGBURY BAY, HM Sloops

                                SNIPE, SPARROW and HM Submarine TUDOR.

                14th        Station Leave granted.



                4th          Taken in hand for routine docking at Bermuda.

                20th        Undocked and prepared to resume Flotilla duties.


June                        Deployed with Flotilla at Bermuda.

                29th        Took part in Sea Inspection of HMS BIGBURY BAY.



                4th          Took part in local exercises.

                                Annual Inspection.

                                Transferred to 4th Frigate Flotilla, Far East.

                19th        Passage to Colon, Panama.

                24th        Transit of Panama Canal ands visited Balboa. ,

                26th        Took passage to Pearl Harbour.



                9th          At Pearl Harbour.

                                Shore visits arranged.

                12th        Sailed from Pearl Harbour for Hong Kong.

                19th        Encountered heavy weather conditions.

                28th        Joined Flotilla on arrival at Hong Kong.



                7th          Rating fell overboard and recovered.

                8th          Present when HM Frigate AMETHYST returned from Yangtse incident.

                12th        Deployed for Y Patrol trade protection duties.

                14th        Escorted Greek mercantile ss HELLAS off Yangtse estuuary.

                19th        At Shaweishan with HM Destroyer CONSTANCE.

                                Deployed as Guardship off Shaweishan.

                                Carried out patrol duties.


October                  Guardship duty in continuation.

                1st           Patrol off Sadelle Is.

                3rd          Took passage to Hong Kong.

                8th          Arrived at Hong Kong.

                12th        Took part in local defence exercise (ALADDIN).

                18th        Sailed for Yangtse Guardship duties.

                23rd        Relieved HM Frigate MOUNTS BAY after delayed by heavy weather on passage.

                28th        Return passage to Hong Kong with call at Foochow.

                31st         Arrived at Hong Kong.



                3rd          Took part in Flotilla Exercises with HM Frigates MOUNTS BAY, CARDIGAN BAY and

                                ST BRIDES BAY.

                                (Note: Serials included Bombardment in Mirs Bay, Convoy Defence and Replenishment

                                from RFA BROWN RANGER).

                9th          Carried out local patrol off Hong Kong.

                22nd       Drafts joined from UK and some left ship for return to UK.

                30th        Took part in Fleet exercises with HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier TRIUMPH, HMS ALERT

                                (CinC's Despatch Vessel) and HMS ST BRIDES BAY.

                                Deployed for aircraft warning picket duty in Night Encounter.


December              Fleet Exercise in continuation.

                1st           Rescued pilot from HMS TRIUMPH

                                Returned to harbour on completion of exercises.

                5th          Took part in local exercises till 7th.

                8th          Prepared for refit. Slips company to be moved ashore to HMS TAMAR.

                9th          Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Hong Kong.

                24th        Entered drydock.


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January                  Under refit.

                10th        Undocked.

                17th        Ammunitioned ship

                18th        Resumed Flotilla duties.

                20th        Carried out Flotilla exercises off Hong Kong.

                21st         Recovered body of Signal rating from HMS JAMAICA in harbour.

                30th        Carried out Flotilla exercise in Junk Bay.



                1st           Exercised locally.

                7th          Carried out exercises with HM Frigates MORECAMBE BAY and CARDIGAN BAY.

                14th        Carried cut local exercises.

                20th        Deployed in Long Bay for exercise.

                21st         Took part in RN/USN Anti-submarine Exercise RICKSHAW with US Navy Submarine

                                USS SEADOG and Fleet units.

                28th        Passage to Subic Bay with HMS CARDIGAN BAY.


March                    Carried out exercises on passage with US Navy warship.

                3rd          At Subic Bay.

                6th          Took part in joint RN/USN exercises locally.

                8th          At Subic Bay.

                10th        Carried out further joint exercises.

                                Detached on completion for passage to Sarawak with HMS CARDIGAN BAY.

                14th        At Sibu.

                17th        Took part in shore parade.

                                Sailed for Singapore.

                20th        Arrived at Singapore.

                22nd       Passage to Port Swettenham.

                23rd        At Port Swettenham.

                24th        Return passage to Singapore.

                25th        At Singapore.

                27th        Deployed for patrol off east coast of Malaya in support of shore military operations against

                                terrorists with HM Motor Launch 3506.

                31st         At Trengganu.


April                       Patrol duties in continuation.

                2nd         Investigated Junk movements to prevent supply of arms to terrorists

                3rd          Passage from Puala Tioman to Singapore.

                4th          At Singapore.

                5th          Deployed for west coast patrol in support of shore operations.

                7th          At Penang.

                11th        Passage to Malacca.

                12th        At Malacca.

                13th        Passage to Tioman for duty on east coast patrol.

                16th        Returned to Singapore from Kuantan.

                17th        At Singapore.

                27th        Took passage from Singapore to Hong Kong.



                3rd          Arrived at Hong Kong

                12th        Deployed for local patrol off Hong Kong.

                15th        Took part in Fleet exercises with HM Frigates MOUNTS BAY, MORECAMBE BAY

                                and ST BRIDES BAY.

                27th        (Note: Serials included Tow, Bombardment, Convoy Defence, Manoeuvring ,gunnery

                                night and day firings against surface targets).

                                Annual Inspection.

                28th        Took passage from Hong Kong for trade protection in Formosa Straits.

                31st         Deployed off Yangtse estuary near Amoy.



                2nd         Return passage to Hong Kong to collect draft.

                3rd          At Hong Kong.

                4th          Resumed patrol off Amoy.

                10th        Return passage to Hong Kong.

                11th        Prepared for refit

                                Two 0.38 pistols missing.

                26th        Docked.


July                         Under refit.


                31st         Refit completed and swung for compass variation.


August                  Nominated for detached service with UN off Korea.

                1st           Resumed Flotilla duties.

                2nd         Deployed for local exercises with HMS ST BRIDES BAY and HMS MOUNTS BAY.

                4th          Anti-aircraft firings.

                8th          Anti-submarine and bombardment exercises.

                15th        Night firings and Night Encounter exercises.

                20th        Took passage to Sasebo, Japan to join British UN Task Group.

                24th        Joined UN command at Sasebo.

                28th        Escorted convoy to Pusan, South Korea

                29th        Returned to Sasebo.

                30th        Escorted convoy to Pusan.


September             Took part in Inchon Assault landings (Operation CHROMITE).

                                Landed and re-embarked combined USMC and RM Commando landings at Kusan.

                                (Note: This was a diversionary operation).

                                Deployed with Task Group 90.7 for blockade duty.

                24th        New Commanding Officer Commander AN Rowell appointed


October                  UN duty in continuation.

                                Escorted 4 Japanese minesweepers in approaches to Haeju.


November              UN duties in continuation for blockade and escort.


December              Returned to Hong Kong.


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January                  Deployed with Flotilla at Hong Kong.


February                Passage to Singapore for support duties off Malayan coasts.


March                    Deployed at Singapore for support of anti-terrorist operations.

                                Motor Launches manned by Malayan RNVR were controlled during searches inshore.

                                towed Motor Launch to Singapore after she had stranded on uncharted reef.

                                Carried out bombardment near Port Dickson.


April                       Malayan coast patrol in continuation.

                                Bombarded terrorist positions near Port Swettenham.


May                        Deployed off Borneo for anti-piracy patrols.

                                Visited Jesselton and Sandakan.


June                        Passage to Sasebo for 2nd UN operational tour.

                                Relieved HM Canadian Destroyer SIOUX in Task Group 95.22 off Wonsan.

                                Deployed off east coast for patrol and bombardment duties.



                                Deployed with British Task Group off west coast of Korea.

                                Carried out survey work with other British and Commonwealth ships in Han River.


August                  Passage to Hong Kong.

to                            Resumed Flotilla duties.



October                  Passage to Sasebo for 3rd operational UN Tour.

                                Deployed for patrol off west coast of Korea.

                                Carried out bombardments in Han River.


November              UN patrol and bombardment duties in continuation,


December              .During west coast patrol duty supported military operations in Haeju estuary.

                                Carried out bombardment in Han River.


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January                  UN duties off west coast of Korea in continuation.

                                Flag Officer 2nd in Command, Far East Station visited ship during patrol.


February                Resumed Flotilla deployment.

                25th        New Commanding Officer: Commander M W B Craig-Waller, DSC* appointed.


March                    Flotilla duties in continuation.


April                       Passage to Sasebo for 4th UN operational tour.

to                            Deployed with allied Task Group off west coast of Korea.

June                        Carried blockade, patrol and support bombardment duties.


July                         Passage to Hong Kong to resume Flotilla duties.


August                  Prepared for refit and took passage to Singapore.


September             Under refit.




November              Carried out post refit trials and deployed at Singapore.


December              Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and local patrol duties.


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January                  Flotilla deployment in continuation.


February                Passage to Sasebo to resume UN duties for 5th operational tour.

                                Deployed off west coast of Korea for patrol and support bombardments.


March                    West coast duties in continuation.

                                Under fire from mainland in Sokto area.


April                       UN duties off west coast in continuation.


May                        Passage to Hong Kong for maintenance and to attend Coronation Day ceremonials.



                2nd         At Hong Kong for Coronation Day


July                         Resumed Flotilla duties at Hong Kong.

                6th          Annual Sea Inspection by SO 4th Frigate Flotilla.

                8th          Annual Harbour Inspection.

                13th        Passage to Sasebo to resume UN duties.

                14th        Officer of the Watch Logged for altering course without Captain's approval.

                                Carried cut Full Power Trial.

                17th        At Sasebo.

                18th        Passage to Haeju estuary to assist in planned withdrawal of ROK Guerillas.

                19th        Deployed with Task Unit 95.1.6.

                23rd        Deployed on patrol in POLKA Extension.

                25th        Korean Armistice declared.

                                Supervision of withdrawals in continuation in Haeju area.

                                Deployed with US Navy Patrol craft for evacuation.

                                (Korean War Statistics:

                                Mileage steamed - 67,000. Fuel used - 13,500 tons)


August                  UN duties off west coast with TU95.1.6 in

                                Passage to Sasebo to resume UN duties in continuation.

                                Passage to Kure for R&R.



                1st           At Kure

                                New Commanding Officer: Commander M E Lashmore, DSO, OBE, DSC.

                3rd          Passage to Sasebo

                6th          Relieved HMNZ Frigate KANIERE as Guardship off Yong Pyong Do and as SO

                                Task Unit 96.16.

                                (Note: During period as Guardship replenished from RFA WAVE CHIEF and

                                exercised with USS PTARMIGAN).

                18th        Relieved by HM Destroyer CONSTANCE and took passage to Sasebo.

                20th        At Sasebo.



                25th        Sailed from Sasebo for Hong Kong and carried out surveillance patrol in Formosa

                                Straits for observation of Chinese naval activities.



                1st           Arrived at Hong Kong for maintenance period.

                7th          Deployed for Formosa Straits Patrol

                to            Escorted Merchant ships during threat from Chinese Gunboat PC41.


                15th        At Hong Kong

                28th        Took part in local exercises (Exercise FOLIAGE).

                31st         Deployed for Formosa Straits Patrol. Army passengers on board.


November              Patrol off Foochow in continuation.

                7th          Returned to Hong Kong

                11th        Deployed for Formosa Straits patrol.

                18th        Returned to Hong Kong on completion.

                29th        Taken in hand for refit at Hong Kong.

                                Ships company accommodated ashore.


December              Under refit


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January                  Under refit




March                    Post Refit Trials

                3rd          Weapon sea trials.

                5th          Carried out Full Power Trial.

                8th          Resumed Flotilla duties.

                9th          Took part in local exercises.

                15th        Deployed for Formosa Straits patrol during passage to Kure.

                21st         At Kure

                26th        Passage to Sasebo.

                2?th        Passage to Pang Yong Do from Sasebo.

                29th        Relieved HM Canadian Destroyer HAIDA as Guardship in Task Unit 95.1 (?)
                                Deployed off west coast of
Korea for patrol and Guardship duty.


April                       Guardship duty in continuation.

                9th          Relieved by HM Destroyer COCKADE and took passage to Fukka for R&R visit.

                11th        At Fukka.

                15th        Took passage for Formosa Strait patrol with call at Sasebo.

                20th        Arrived at Hang Kong.

                26th        Took part in local exercises.

                30th        Passage to Singapore in company with HM Frigate CARDIGAN BAY and HM

                                Despatch Vessel ALERT.


May                        Carried out exercises on passage.

                5th          Arrived at Singapore.

                11th        Deployed as escort for RFA FORT ROSALIE for passage to Penang.

                                (Note: Depth Charges were being dumped for Armament Depot at Singapore).

                16th        At Penang with HMS CARDIGAN BAY.

                19th        Passage to Singapore.

                21st         At Singapore.

                23rd        Embarked Malayan RNVR personnel for sea training.

                24th        Deployed for exercises based at Puala Tioman.

                28th        Returned to Singapore.


June                        At Singapore.

                                Nominated for return to UK to recommission.

                                (Note: This was part of changes made as a result of reduction in length foreign

                                service Commissions to 18 months instead of 30 months).

                3rd          Annual Inspection.

                5th          Took passage to Jesselton, Borneo.

                8th          At Jesselton for Queen's Birthday ceremonial.

                12th        Took passage to Hong Kong.

                                Exercised on passage with HMS CARDIGAN BAY.

                16th        At Hong Kong.


July                         At Hong Kong.

                                Prepared for return to UK.

                8th          Sailed for Singapore with HM Frigate MOUNTS BAY.

                13th        Arrived at Singapore and prepared for passage to UK to recommission.

                14th        Flag Officer Malaya addressed ship's company.

                15th        Took passage to Colombo with HMS MOUNTS BAY.

                                (Note: Diverted on passage to assist after a mercantile had been collided with an

                                Indonesian Landing Craft.

                                Indonesian Patrol Boat taken to scene.

                21st         At Colombo.

                22nd       Took passage to Aden with HMS MOUNTS BAY.

                31st         At Aden.



                1st           Passage through Red Sea.

                5th          Transit of Suez Canal.

                10th        At Malta.

                13th        Passage to Gibraltar with MS MOUNTS BAY.

                17th        At Gibraltar.

                19th        Sailed from Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

                24th        Arrived at Portsmouth.


September             Leave Period.

                7th          New Commanding Officer: Cdr. D N Forbes joined.

                15th        Re-commissioned for General Service Home/West Indies.

                22nd       Took passage for Portland and carried out trials.

                24th        At Portland..


October                  Worked-up for operational service at Portland.


November              Prepared for Home Fleet service.

                                Future deployment under review.


December              Paid off and Reduced to Reserve at Devonport.


F i n a l   P h a s e


HMS WHITESAND BAY was placed in Category III Reserve and laid-up at Rosyth without preservation or maintenance. The ship's company was transferred to HM Frigate LOCH KILLISPORT then refitting at Chatham. Late in 1955 she was placed on the Disposal List and sold to BISCO for breaking-up at Charlestown. near Rosyth  by Metal Industries. The ship arrived in tow at the Forth on 13th February 1956.


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