Allied Warships

HMS Essington (K 353)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassCaptain 
PennantK 353 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down15 Mar 1943 
Launched19 Jun 1943 
Commissioned7 Sep 1943 
End service 
History

Assigned penant number DE 67 but had not been named.

Returned to the USN on 19 October 1945. Stricken on 5 December 1945 and scrapped.

 

Commands listed for HMS Essington (K 353)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Lambert, RNVR7 Sep 194329 Sep 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Stanley Arthur Lampard, RNVR29 Sep 1944late 1945

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Noteable events involving Essington include:


29 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-988 was sunk in the English Channel west of Guernsey, in position 49°37'N, 03°41'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR) and a Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 244/L).

14 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-618 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of St. Nazaire, in position 47°22'N, 04°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR) and by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 53/G).

Media links


The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


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