LOCH-Class Twin Screw Frigate ordered from Burntisland
SB on 2nd February 1943 and laid down as Job No J11830 (Yard Number 284) on 8th December 1943. The ship was
launched on 24th May 1944 as the 1st RN ship to carry the name. Her build was completed on 9th November 1944.
This ship was not 'adopted' by a civil community in UK after a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in
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November Contractors trials and commissioning for service in 18th
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander H H D
9th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.
On completion of trials and storing took passage
14th Commenced work-up at Tobermory.
Nominated for modification work.
Taken in hand for hull stiffening
modifications at Dunstaffnage, near Oban.
(Note: This was to remedy defects found in other
ships in service.)
22nd Joined Group for defence and support of convoys on
Deployed for convoy defence.
1 9 4 5
Deployed with 18th and 2nd Escort Groups for escort of
Convoys on UK-Gibraltar
February Atlantic convoy escort in continuation.
27th Transferred to Force 38 in SW Approaches.
for anti-submarine patrol operations to intercept U-Boats attempting to
in convoy assembly areas or during passage in
9th Deployed with Task Group 122.2 as Senior Officer
for convoy support in English Channel.
(Note: Based initially at Portsmouth and later
29th Returned to Clyde for Boiler Cleaning.
May On completion after VE Day transferred to Scapa Flow
for Home Fleet service in support of
Allocated for service in Eastern Fleet.
17th Deployed at Scapa Flow.
26th Passage to Trondheim to collect U-boats for passage
to Loch Ryan.
Note: Submarines were to be destroyed as part of
28th Provided Boarding Party which remained on submarine
29th Took passage with HM Frigates KEATS and KEMPTHORNE
as escort to.
June Passage from Clyde to Milford Haven.
24th Taken in hand for refit at Pembroke Dock prior to
(Note: Ventilation system was modified and
additional AA armament fitted.)
July Under refit.
31st Passage to Cardiff to give leave and prepare for
Took passage from
Bristol Channel for Gibraltar
after Sea Trials.
Commanding Officer: Lieut. Commander R F J
Maberley RNR appointed.
On passage through
24th Arrived at Colombo after call at Aden.
Briefed for service in East Indies
(Note: Frigates in East Indies Escort Force were deployed for escort of convoys
bringing PoW and Internees for repatriation. See SEAGULLS
IN MY BELFRY by
C C Anderson.)
Visited Cochin and Colombo.
October Deployed in Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal
(Note: The ship was used for Air-Sea Rescue duties during this period in order
to deal with any
landing in the sea by aircraft carrying PoW
Other Frigates were deployed between Karachi and
1 9 4 6
January Deployed for Air Sea Rescue duties in Bay of Bengal
based at Karachi.
February Nominated for return to UK to reduce to Reserve status.
Escort and Air Sea Rescue duties in
Based at Trincomalee.
. Passage to UK
20th Sailed from Men.
April Paid -Off at Portsmouth on arrival and began
May Laid-up at Portsmouth after acceptance into Reserve.
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Laid-up at Portsmouth.
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changes to F429 (1948).
1 9 5 0
January Selected for service in 6th Frigate Flotilla.
Division changed to Chatham.
April Taken in
hand for refit at Portsmouth.
to Chatham ship's company joined (Oct.)
December Post refit trials
1 9 5 1
January Commissioned for service in 6th Frigate Flotilla, Home
Commanding Officer: Commander C P McN Hart DSC
Carried out sea trials.
Sustained damage due to premature depth charge
Taken in hand for repair
February Under repair.
April On completion Joined Flotilla and carried out weapon
trials at Portland.
Deployed with ships of Flotilla in search for H M Submarine AFFRAY
May AFFRAY search operation with Flotilla in
14th Deployed as Guardship over wreck of AFFRAY after
finding confirmed by Television
equipment in HM Diving Ship RECLAIM.
(Note: Several ships including HMS LOCH FYNE
claim to have been the first ship
to find the wreck during search operations.)
On release rejoined Flotilla for revised Home
Fleet exercise and visits programme.
July Visited Milford Haven.
Passage to Chatham for Leave.
August Deployed at Chatham.
September Carried cut weapon trials at Portland and too passage to
(Note: Weather at Portland made it unwise to
continue passage and ship returned
During mooring forward falls of whaler broke and crew were
Petty Officer Woods lost his life when he went
to assist them.)
Passage to Londonderry when weather abated.
October Took part in Hone Fleet exercises in Atlantic after
November Visited Gibraltar with Home Fleet ships.
Returned to UK with Home Fleet ships.
Deployed at Chatham for Xmas Leave.
1 9 5 2
January Took part with ships of Flotilla in Home Fleet
Nominated for reduction to Reserve pending
February On completion of Home Fleet exercises visited Gibraltar
and took passage to Nice for
visit and thence to Malta.
Heavy weather experienced off French coastal
Escorted five MFV's to UK from Malta
Paid-off prior to modernisation.
March Placed in Care and Maintenance at Chatham to await
April Laid-up at Chatham.
1 9 5 3
January Laid-up and Chatham and prepared for tow.
April Passage under tow to Glasgow for modernisation by
May Under refit
to (Note: The ship was to return to Reserve on
1 9 5 4
January Under refit
June Post refit harbour trials.
Commissioned for sea trials.
Carried out sea trials in Clyde area before
going to Portland for weapon trials.
Return passage to Glasgow to prepare for Reserve
service at Devonport.
July Paid-Off and began preservation of weapon upper
deck equipment and machinery.
1 9 5 5
January Towed to Devonport to enter Category I (Dehumidified)
February Nominated for service in East Indies in due course but
to remain in Reserve.
to Ship to be semi-tropicalised before
June Manning Port changed to Devonport.
July Towed to Southampton for refit before service.
August Under refit
1 9 5 6
January Under refit
14th Commissioned at Southampton for service in Persian
. Commanding Officer: Captain H S Barber RN.
On completion of dockyard work carried sea
trials and weapon trials at Portland
March Worked-up at Portland.
April Leave period and prepared for foreign service in
May Sailed for Aden from Plymouth with calls at
June Arrived at Bahrain.
July Deployed for Dhow patrol in southern Gulf and off
coast of Oman.
8th Assisted Swedish Tanker mv JULIUS which was
disabled with machinery defect and
had anchored in Position 26.60 N 56.33E.
Boarding party established tow pending repair of
(Note: Tow had to be cut later to avoid a
Temporary Engine repair was made and JULIUS able
Detached from JULIUS to give medical aid to
American ss STEEL WORKER from which
an officer requiring hospital treatment was
Returned to JULIUS which was unable to proceed
and mercantile towed to Bahrain.
August Deployed at Bahrein for Dhow patrol in southern Persian
to Visited Ra-al-Khaimar and Sharjah.
October Carried out patrol in northern Gulf and exercises with
Visited Banda Mashur.
November Deployed at Bahrain.
December Carried out patrol off Batina coast and went to Aden.
1 9 5 7
January Return passage to Bahrain with calls at Kuria Maria and
Deployed for patrol based at Bahrain.
16th Assisted Norwegian tanker GILDA aground in position
27.53 N 50.49E off Iranian
Attempted to tow clear.
18th Tow established after cargo and water ballast
February Carried out exercises with Bahrain based ships. Visited
March Took passage to Aden to embark Police for passage to
(Note: German Yacht was seized at Perim and
found to be carrying explosives.)
April Sailed from Aden to Seychelles.
(Note: Return to UK had to be made via Cape of
Good Hope as Suez Canal closed.)
May Passage from Seychelles to Mombasa.
Took passage from Mombasa to UK with calls at
Freetown and Gibraltar.
June Paid-Off on arrival at Devonport and taken in hand
July Under refit.
30th Re-commissioned for Persian Gulf service.
Royal Marines Detachment embarked.
Commanding Officer Captain B S Pengelly DSC RN.
August Post refit trials.
September At Portland for weapon trials and work-up.
October On completion of work-up prepared for foreign service
November Took passage from Devonport for Aden via Mediterranean.
December Collected heifers at Socotra to passage to Bahrain for
Deployed at Bahrein for Dhow patrol.
1 9 5 8
January Carried out patrol of Batina coast.
February Deployed in northern Gulf and visited Banda Mashur.
March Carried out patrols off Batina coast and returned to
Bahrain for R&R.
April Passage to Colombo for Routine Docking.
May On completion called at Trincomalee before return to
June Resumed Persian Gulf patrol duties at Bahrain.
July Deployed as Guardship at Shatt-al-Arab during Iran
Later deployed in southern Gulf off Qatar in
case of further unrest.
August Persian Gulf deployment in continuation.
September Passage to Mombasa to embark Colonial Secretary, John
October Took passage to Seychelles with Colonial Secretary.
Passage to Male in Maldives with Colonial
November Returned to Aden and took passage to Aqaba.
2nd At Aqaba with HM Cruiser CEYLON when British troops
withdrawn from Jordan.
Passage to Devonport with call at Malta.
Paid-Off at Devonport and taken in hand for
1 9 5 9
27th Re-commissioned for service in Persian Gulf.
Commanding Officer: Commander C R Barrett RN.
February Under refit.
March Post refit trials.
April Weapon trials and work-up at Portland.
May Returned to Devonport to prepare for foreign service.
June Passage to Aden.
July Arrived at Bahrain and deployed for Dhow patrol in
Took part in Exercise MAD DOG - Defence of Oil
Fields at Dubai
August Deployed at Bahrain and took part in exercises in
Visited Mina-al-Ahmadi, port of Kuwait.
(Note: 9th Frigate Squadron formed for Persian
September Carried out patrol in northern Gulf.
Took part in exercises with ships based at
October Patrol and exercises in continuation based at Bahrain.
Passage to Karachi for Routine Docking.
November Under refit.
(Note: Ship to refit at Rosyth before
December On completion took part in exercises with Pakistan
Return passage to Bahrain to resume Gulf duties.
Deployed in northern Gulf and visited Abadan
(Note: During this stay visited by the President
of the Iranian Parliament.
1 9 6 0
January Deployed for patrol and visited Banda Masnur.
Passage to Bombay for multi-national exercises.
February took part in Exercise JET in Indian Ocean baaed at
March On completion of JET took passage to Trincomalee.
Deployed for Indian Ocean patrol and visited
Took passage to UK with calls at Mombasa and
April Passage from Aden.
8th Arrived at Devonport
Passage to refit at Rosyth
May Under refit.
July Re-commissioned at Rosyth for service in 9th
Commanding Office: Commander P J H Shevlin RN.
August Under refit
September Post refit sea trials and passage to Portland for weapon
October Carried out work-up at Portland during which visited
3rd On completion of work-up took passage to
Leave period and preparation for foreign
Under repair for defects found during work-up.
(Note: Visit arranged to see layout of tanker
ESSO SALISBURY in Spithead.
This was a
prudent move in case of future salvage requirements.)
Embarked stores included yacht belonging to
Senior Army Officer at Aden.
23rd Sailed for Aden from Portsmouth.
3rd At Malta.
(Note: Able Seaman seriously injured in road
accident whilst ashore and taken to the
Aden and unloaded stores.
17th Sailed for Bahrain and carried cut Dhow Patrol off
21st News of death of Seaman left at Malta received.
23rd Arrived at Bahrain.
1 9 6 1
10th Took part in anti-submarine exercise in southern
Defect discovered in Sonar underwater equipment.
11th Took passage to Karachi after embarking new Sonar
13th Taken in hand for emergency docking at Karachi to
fit new Dome.
passage to resume Persian Gulf duties after deployment for Air-Sea Rescue
Arabian Sea during Royal Flight carrying HM
Queen to Delhi for visit.
(Note: Somali ratings with Royal Marines Guard
embarked before sailing for return passage
to Bahrain to face charges of gold snuggling.)
23rd Arrived at Bahrain and disembarked passengers and
landed defective dome.
28th Deployed for Dhow patrol off Trucial coast.
4th Embarked Flag Officer Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf
at Dubai for return passage.
5th Visited Kuwait with FOASPG.
6th On return to Bahrain, Petty Officer Cook landed for
urgent medical treatment.
7th Took families of oil company personnel to sea for a
15th News received of death of petty Officer at RNH Aden
whilst awaiting air transport to UK.
22nd Took passage from Bahrain to Aden.
28th Arrived at Aden after anti-aircraft exercises on
1st Took part in Amphibious Warfare Exercise
ROULADE with HMS BULWARK.
10th At Aden for ROULADE 'Wash-up1 conference.
14th Took part In Fleet exercise SEA SHEIK.
Deployed as Night Plane Guard for HM Aircraft
18th At Aden for SEA SHEIK 'Wash-up' conference.
19th Took passage from Aden for Batina coast patrol and
visit to Muscat.
22nd At Muscat.
30th Returned to Bahrain after completion of Batina coast
and Trucial coast patrols.
4th Sailed for exercises with HMS LOCH ALVIE and HMS
(Note: Army personnel were embarked for sea
During exercises ordered with above ships to assist in rescue operations after
had been reported as on fire 250 miles west of
the exercise area.
arrival began fire-fighting operations to cool hull structure and later put a
board to tackle fire in after hold.
Fire-fighting in continuation, whilst ship still
secured to the drifting hulk of DARA
whilst under tow by HMS LOCH FYNE to clear
Fire-fighting teams relieved by parties from HMS
10th Salvage Vessel OCEAN SALVOR arrived and
(Note: Despite the valiant efforts mv DARA
foundered during tow to beach.
The reasons for the explosion and resulting fire
have never been totally explained.
The death toll was 238 out of the 819 on board.
No salvage awards were paid as the vessel had
However owners of DARA made payments to Welfare
Funds of each of the three
12th Resumed exercises.
14th Struck Fuelling Jetty at Sitra Depot on return to
15th Landed safe from mv DARA .
24th Deployed for Dhow patrol off Qatar.
27th Visited Mina-al-Ahmadi.
Maintenance Period at
14th Deployed for Dhow patrol off Trucial coast and
17th Returned to Bahrain.
Ministry of Transport officials on board for
investigations into loss of mv DARA
18th Deployed as consort for Sea Inspection of HMS LOCH
23rd Landed party at Jebel Dhanna for clearance of
explosives from firing range.
(Note: Party included Royal Engineers and
objective was to clear the area prior future
development for oil extraction.)
28th Passage from Jebel Dhanna to Sharjah for visit.
2nd Returned to Bahrain after embarking Jebel Dharra
7th Embarked Flag Officer Middle East for Flag Visit to
Passage to Abadan with HMS LOCH ALVIE.
8th Arrived at Abadan.
11th Landed Royal Marines and Seamen Platoons for Queens
took passage from Abadan to return to Bahrain
with exercises on passage.
14th Sailed from Bahrain for Routine Docking at Karachi.
18th Arrived at Karachi.
Refit cancelled and ship ordered to return to Persian Gulf following the
Nominated to join Task Force 317.
Passage to Bahrein
1st Sailed from Bahrain after embarking Live Shell.
5th Joined HMS LOCH ALVIE in Task Force off Kuwait
after call at Bahrain.
Deployed for patrol to intercept any attempt by Iraqi craft to make attacks on
ships off Kuwait (Operation VANTAGE).
Returned to Bahrain deployment for patrol duty and for provision of gunfire
support of shore
operations with TG317 if required.
Released from VANTAGE and sailed for Karachi for
Karachi for refit in commercial
9th Took passage to Bahrain after docking but departure
delayed by contaminated fuel.
(Note: British High Commissioner briefed on
Operation VANTAGE during stay.)
12th Relieved HMS LOCH INSH in Task Group at Kuwait.
14th Operation VANTAGE terminated after international
agreement to use troops from Arab
25th Returned to Bahrain after relief by HMS LOCH ALVIE.
4th Took part in exercises with Flotilla (Exercise
7th Returned to Bahrain for Annual Inspection.
15th Sea Inspecti7ton.
16th Sailed for East African coast visits.
Returned to Bahrain after steering defect.
18th Sailed for Zanzibar.
27th Arrived at Zanzibar after rough passage.
29th Sailed for Mombasa.
30th Arrived at Mombasa.
9th Took passage from Mombasa with HM Inshore
Minesweeper BASSINGHAM in tow.
(Note: HMS BASSINGHAM was being delivered to
Malta after service in Royal East
African Navy at Mombasa.)
16th Arrived at Aden,
Involved in collision with Fuelling Buoy.
19th Took passage from Aden to Malta.
1st Arrived in Malta.
HMS BASSINGHAM delivered.
6th Passage from Gibraltar to Plymouth.
10th Paid Off at Devonport
December Under refit.
1 9 6 2
18th Re-commissioned for service in 9th Frigate Squadron.
Commanding Officer: Commander P R O Kimm RN.
March Carried out post refit trials in Plymouth area.
April Deployed at Portland for Weapon system trials and
11th Work-up completed and prepared for foreign service
19th Sailed from Portsmouth to Gibraltar.
23rd Arrived at Gibraltar after heavy weather passage.
28th Arrived at Malta with machinery defects.
31st Sailed for Aden after repair.
9th Arrived at Aden.
11th Visited by Crown Prince of Ethiopia.
12th Took passage to Bahrain with patrol off Batina
18th Arrived at Bahrain.
23rd Took part in exercise with HMS LOCH LOMOND and HMS
4th Returned to Bahrain.
5th Sailed for visit to Muscat.
7th At Muscat
(Note: Sultan presented Captain with Silver
This was moat unusual as the
only previous personal gift had been to a visiting
11th Took passage to Bahrain after exercise with Sultan
of Oman's aircraft.
13th Visit by 2nd Sea Lord at Bahrain.
18th Carried cut Dhow patrol In southern Gulf.
30th Took part in Amphibious Warfare Exercise including
landing by Ships Royal Marines
Detachment (Exercise AWEX8).
5th Returned to Bahrain.
7th Carried out Dhow patrol in southern Gulf with army
13th Visited Abu Dhabi.
14th Returned to Bahrain.
30th Sailed for Dhow patrol after maintenance period.
5th Returned to Bahrain after visits to Tumb and Bu
10th Carried out Independent exercises off Bahrain.
11th Sailed for Doha with Senior Naval Officer Persian
16th Returned to Bahrain.
24th Took passage to take part in Fleet Exercise with HMS
(Note: HMS BULWARK and HMS CARYSFORT were also
29th Returned to Bahrein with HMS LOCH RUTHVEN
1st Took part in Local exercise (FOMEX13).
11th Took part in anti-submarine exercise with HMS LOCH
RUTHVEN, HMS LOCH ALVIE
and HM Submarine TACITURN.
13th Detached and took passage to Karachi for Routine
17th At Karachi.
10th On completion of refit took part in multi-national
Exercise MIDLINK V.
24th Sailed for Bahrain after end of MIDLINK V, Phase H.
29th Arrived at Bahrain with HM Submarine ANDREW.
3rd Took part in anti-submarine exercise in Persian
(Exercise ASWEX II)
8th Visited Iran naval base at Bandar Abbas.
12th Sailed from Bandar Abbas to Ras-al-Khamai to carry
out survey task and Dhow patrol.
(Note: Party was landed to sound an anchorage at
18th Returned to Bahrain after visiting Dubai during
patrol off Qatar.
1 9 6 3
1st Provided Guard at Ruler of Bahrain
Annual Parade and demonstration.
9th Carried out Dhow patrol and exercises in southern
Gulf with visits to Um Said, Dalma
21st Maintenance Period at Bahrain.
11th Annual Sea Inspection by Flag Officer
14th Visited Daz Island for R&R.
18th Took part In Amphibious Warfare
21st Returned to Bahrain.
22nd Sailed from Bahrain to Bombay.
28th Arrived at Bombay
Flag Officer Middle East joined for Official
visit to Indian Navy.
4th Sailed from Bombay for Dhow Patrol of Batina coast.
8th Visited Hallaniya Island In Kuria Maria Group.
(Note: See articles In NAVY NEWS and TIMES
9th Visited Salalah.
10th Passage to Mombasa.
16th At Mombasa.
(Note: Maintenance Period and Station Leave
29th At Tanga
(Note: This proved to be a most outstandingly
4th Sailed from Tanga for Aden and called at Socotra on
11th Arrived at Aden.
13th Flag Officer Middle East addressed ship's company.
18th Landed sick officer at Port Sudan.
20th Met HM Frigate NUBIAN, relief on Station in Red Sea.
21st Transit of Suez Canal.
23rd Refuelled at Tobruk.
28th Met HM Royal Yacht BRITANNIA before arrival at
2nd Sailed from Gibraltar for Plymouth
6th Arrived at Devonport to Pay-Off and destore.
F i n
a l P h a s e
HMS LOCH FYNE was laid up in Reserve at
Devonport and in 1964 was placed on the Disposal List. The ship was sold in 1970 to BISCO for
demolition by J Cashmere at Newport. She arrived in tow at the breakers yard on 20th
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)