Allied Warships

HMS Eastway (F 140)

Dock landing ship of the Casa Grande class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDock landing ship
ClassCasa Grande 
PennantF 140 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down23 Nov 1942 
Launched21 May 1943 
Commissioned14 Sep 1943 
End service23 Apr 1946 

Lend-Lease built in the United States for the Royal Navy.
Returned to the United States on 23 April 1946.
Transferred to Greece in 1953 being renamed Nafkratoussa.


Commands listed for HMS Eastway (F 140)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Wallace Armand Fletcher, RNR1 Jul 194320 Apr 1945
2A/Cdr. Harold Vivian Todd, RD, RNR20 Apr 194525 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Eastway include:

24 Dec 1944

Convoy MKF 36A.

This convoy departed Gibraltar on 24 December 1944.

It was made up of the troop transport Johan de Witt (Dutch, 10474 GRT, built 1920) and the dock landing ship Eastway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.A. Fletcher, RNR).

On departure from Gibraltar the convoy was escorted by the sloop HMS Stork (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) and the frigates HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Evenlode (Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR).

Around 0310A/28, the destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Sluijter, RNethN) joined coming from Plymouth.

HrMs Tjerk Hiddes parted company around 2305A/28 when the convoy was to the south of the Isle of Wight.

The convoy arrived at Portsmouth early on the 29th.

31 Dec 1944
Around 1330A/31, the destroyers ORP Blyskawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski), HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Sluijter, RNethN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. C.S. Battersby, RN) departed Plymouth to escort the escort carrier HMS Empress (Capt. H.A. Traill, OBE, RN) and dock landing ship Eastway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.A. Fletcher, RNR) part of the way from Plymouth to Belfast.

Around 0150A/1, the frigate HMS Loch Fyne (Lt.Cdr. H.H.D. MacKillican, DSC, RD, RNR) joined and ORP Blyskawica and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes parted company to return to Plymouth. Shortly afterwards HMS Impulsive also parted company to proceed to Cardiff.

ORP Blyskawica and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes returned to Plymouth around 0730A/1. HMS Impulsive proceeded to Cardiff where she also arrived on 1 January 1945.

HMS Empress, HMS Eastway and HMS Loch Fyne arrived at Belfast around 2000A/1. (1)

10 Feb 1945
Around 0500A/10, HMS Venerable (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN) and Eastway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.A. Fletcher, RNR) departed Bangor Bay / Belfast Lough for the Clyde where they arrived around 1815A/10. They were escorted by HMS Magpie (Lt.Cdr. G.O. Symonds, DSC, RN) and HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN). (2)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 53/122445 + ADM 199/1443

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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