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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2002

HMS LOCH VEYATIE (K 658) - Loch-class Frigate

HMS Loch Veyatie (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge)

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LOCH-Class Frigate ordered with HMS LOCH TARBERT from Ailsa Shipbuilder on 25th January 1943. The ship was laid down on 30th March 1944 as Job No 1827 and launched on 8th October 1945 as the first RN ship to carry this name. This shipyard had a poor record for completion of build but in this case may have been due to the completion of As and As introduced for this Class of Frigate in 1944 to 1945. These included hull stiffening and the installation of a Mark XXI 4in gun mounting for the first time in a LOCH-Class. Build was completed on 13th July 1946 and she was the last of the Class to enter service.


G e o g r a p h i c   D a t a

Loch on the border between Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty, now in Highlands

and Islands Region of Scotland. Grid Reference NC1813.

(Note: The Gaelic Name is Mheathdaiugh and the Clan associated with

this area is Clan Macleod.)


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 mountain in flames proper.

                                                         (Note: Based on the Arms of the Earls of Cromarty.)



D e t a i l s   o f   S e r v i c e


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July                         Contractors trials

                                Commissioned for service in 4th Escort Flotilla

                                Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander G W McGuiness RNR

                                (Note: Had previously commanded HMS LOCH DUNVEGAN.)

                13th        Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials


August                  On completion of storing, weapons calibration and shakedown took passage to join

                                Flotilla at Londonderry for duties at Joint Anti-submarine Training School.

                                Lieutenant M R S Smithwick RN appointed in command.

                                Prepared for Flotilla duties at Londonderry


October                  Flotilla duties for A/S training in continuation

to                            (Note: Ships of LOCH Class in Flotilla were HM Frigates LOCH DUNVEGAN

December              (transferred later), LOCH FADA, LOCH TRALAIG (till 1954) and LOCH

                                ARKAIG (till 1954).)


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January                  Resumed Flotilla duties after repair at Londonderry


February                Flotilla duties in continuation




April                       Resumed Flotilla duties on completion of repair.

to                            Visited Barrow (October).



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January                  Passage to Rosyth for refit


February                Under refit by HM Dockyard, Rosyth




April                       Resumed Flotilla duties at Londonderry




July                         Lieut. Commander K A Cradock-Hartopp MBE, DSC* RN appointed in command.

                                (Note: This officer later commanded HMZN Frigate TAUPO, Ex LOCH SHIN)

                                Training duties and Home Fleet visits with Flotilla.


August                  Training duties with Flotilla at Londonderry in continuation.




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January                  Deployed at Londonderry for Flotilla duties

                                Nominated for refit at Rosyth including up-date of radar outfit.

                                Transferred with Flotilla to newly designated 3rtd Training Flotilla,

                                (Note: Ships as for 4th Escort Flotilla.)


February                Under refit by HM Dockyard, Rosyth


August                  Lieut. Commander I D S Forbes DSC RN appointed in command (March).

                                (Note: Type 277 radar modified to new standard and red-designated Type 277P.

                                For details of post changes to radar equipment see RADAR AT SEA

                                by D Howse.}

                                Keel examination took place when docked.


September             Carried out post refit trials including Type 277 Radar (CANNIBAL Trials)

                                Resumed Flotilla duties at Londonderry.

                                Lieut. Commander P B de B Jeayes RN appointed in command.


October                  Training duties in Londonderry with Flotilla




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January                  Training duties at Londonderry in continuation.




May                        Routine docking and essential repair at Rosyth


June                        Resumed Flotilla duties at Londonderry

                                Took part in Annual Summer War conducted by Flag Officer Submarines


July                         Deployed at Londonderry and for Home Fleet programme.




September             Took part in Exercise SWX5 (Flag Officer Submarines Summer War)


October                  Flotilla Training deployment in continuation.




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January                  Training duties in continuation with reduced complement.

                                (Note: Manning problems had made necessary the reductions in order

                                to ensure availability of personnel for priority requirements in

                                other ships.)


February                Malicious damage to radar equipment investigated.

                                Deployed at Portland for A/S training


March                    Under refit by HM Dockyard, Rosyth



April                       Planned visit to Bergen cancelled after loss of HM Submarine AFFRAY

                6th          On completion of post refit trials took Passage to Plymouth to join search operations

                                to find missing submarine.


May                        Resumed training duties at Londonderry

                2nd         Involved in collision with jetty at Lisahally without significant damage


June                        Londonderry training duties in continuation.

                17th        Involved in collision with HM Submarine Depot Ship MONTCLARE in Clyde


July                         Training deployment in continuation.


August                  Deployed at Portland for special equipment trials (CANDIAL)



                4th          Visited Vejle, Denmark.

                12th        Paid visit to Hortens, Denmark and Kiel, Germany with HM Frigate LOCH FADA.

                29th        Malicious damage reported when bolt found in moving components of steering gear..


October                  Routine Docking and self refit at HM Dockyard Devonport.



                14th        Resumed training duties on completion of self refit period.



                19th        Involved in collision with No 2 jetty at HM Dockyard Devonport without significant


                                Passage to Londonderry


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January                  Resumed Training duties at Londonderry.

                8th          Assisted in Salvage of Irish drifter MAEVE which had run ashore at Inishtrahull and was

                                adrift without power after clearing from shore. Took drifter in tow until tug arrived.

                                (Note: Salvage awards were paid later.)


February                Londonderry deployment in continuation.




June                        Under refit at Rosyth.

to                            Lieut. Commander T P Baillie-Groham appointed in command (15/7)



August                  Post refit trials

                                Visited Harwich and Copenhagen

                27th        Involved in collision with Barge under tow off Ymuiden and sustained slight damage aft.


September             Took part in NATO Exercise MAINBRACE.


October                  Resumed training duties at Londonderry




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January                  Training deployment with Flotilla based at Londonderry




May                        Passage to Portland.

                30th        Visited Stranraer



                4th          Passage to Portland

                5th          At Portland to prepare for review

                15th        Took part in Coronation Review by HM Queen Elizabeth II at Spithead

                                On release took passage to resume duties with TF3


July                         Training deployment in continuation.





                7th          Involved in collision with No 5 Wharf at Devonport

                15th        Under repair by HM Dockyard, Devonport

                                On completion took passage to Londonderry to resumed Flotilla duties.


November              Training deployment with Flotilla in continuation.


December              Nominated for refit at Chatham and took passage to Nore.

                28th        Lieut. Commander HP Fleming appointed in command


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January                  Under refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham

to                            (Note: Proposed re-insulation of Cold and Cool Rooms was deferred unless deployment

March                     in tropics was confirmed. Otherwise to wait for ship modernisation.)


April                       Carried out post refit trials in Thames area after re-ammunitioning.

                                (Note: Re-insulation was deferred till modernisation.)


May                        Training duties with ships of Squadron in continuation

to August              (Note: Re-designated as 3rd Training Squadron and without HMS LOCH FADA)


September             Visited La Pallice


October                  Training duties in continuation.


November              Took part in Exercise BRIGHT BONFIRE IX


December              Training duties with Flotilla in continuation.


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January                  Deployed for training duties with Flotilla


February                Training duties with Flotilla in continuation

                                Nominated for reduction to Reserve status on completion of Summer visits programme.


March                    Training deployment in continuation





                20th        Visited Port Stewart


June                        Training deployment with Flotilla in continuation with Home Fleet visits programme.

                11th         Visited Fowey and Bayonne with ships of Flotilla


July                         Visits and training programme in continuation.

                2nd          Visited Dunoon during passage to Londonderry

                9th           Passage to resume training duty at Londonderry

                25th         Took passage from Londonderry to Plymouth to Pay off

                27th         Administration transferred to SORF Devonport.


August                   Paid off at Devonport

                                To refit for Reserve in London.

                25th        Administration transferred to SORF Chatham

                                Passage to Chatham


September             Passage to London

                                Taken in hand for refit by Green and Silley Weir shipyard, Millwall Docks.


October                  Under refit.

to December


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January                  Under refit

to                            (Note: This refit completion date had been extended from planned date in May to

August                   ensure work required to meet specified standards could be finished.)


September             Harbour trials in shipyard


October                  Carried out sea trials in Thames estuary before taking passage to Chatham for

                                preservation of upper deck equipment.


November              Deployed with Reserve Fleet at Chatham during preservation.




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January                  Preservation work by contractor at Chatham in continuation


April                       Nominated for lay-up in Reserve Fleet at Lisahally.


May                        Passage under tow to Londonderry.

                31st         Arrived in Londonderry


June                        Fit of dehumidification equipment at Londonderry.




November              Placed in Supplementary Reserve at Lisahally.




F i n a l   P h a s e


HMS LOCH VEYATIE remained at Lishally in Supplementary Reserve until 19th July 1961 when placed on the Disposal List. The ship was sold to BISCO for 24,640 on 3rd August 1965 for breaking-up by W H Arnott Young at Dalmuir on the Clyde. She arrived there in tow for demolition on 12th August that year.


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