HMS Helmsdale (K 253)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||A & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Parsons|
|Ordered||1 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||13 Aug 1942|
|Launched||5 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Oct 1943|
This was one of the few turbine engined River-class frigates.
Scrapped 14 November 1957.
HMS Helmsdale is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Commands listed for HMS Helmsdale (K 253)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Logie James Simpson, RNR||1 Sep 1943||27 Dec 1943|
|2||Cdr. Colin William McMullen, RN||27 Dec 1943||Sep 1944|
|3||Cdr. Philip Whitworth Burnett, DSC, RN||Sep 1944||3 Apr 1945|
|4||Cdr. Hugh William Falcon-Steward, RN||3 Apr 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Helmsdale include:
9 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-484 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55°45'N, 11°41'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Helmsdale (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC and Bar, RN).