Allied Warships

HMS Highway (F 141)

Dock landing ship of the Casa Grande class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDock landing ship
ClassCasa Grande 
PennantF 141 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down23 Nov 1942 
Launched19 Jul 1943 
Commissioned19 Oct 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.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 17 December 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Highway (F 141)

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1T/Lt. William Andrew Haley, RNROct 19435 Nov 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Archibald Vallings, DSC, RNR5 Nov 194311 Apr 1945
3A/Cdr. Clifford Edgecombe, RD, RNR11 Apr 194526 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Highway include:

4 Mar 1944

Convoy BM 87B.

This convoy departed Bombay on 4 March 1944.

It was made up of the transport Llanstephan Castle (British, 11340 GRT, built 1914).

The dock landing ship HMS Highway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Vallings, DSC, RNR) was also part of the convoy.

They were escorted by the destroyers HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) and HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN).

The Llanstephan Castle was detached off Colombo on 8 April 1944.

The other ships arrived at Trincomalee on 9 April 1944.

9 Mar 1944
Around 1200FG/9, HMS Highway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Vallings, DSC, RNR), HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) and HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from Bombay.

Around 1615FG/9, they departed for Madras where HMS Highway and HMS Redoubt were detached off the entrance to the swept channel around 1515FG/10 and entered harbour. HrMs Van Galen then set course to return to Trincomalee where she arrived around 0700FG/11. (1)


  1. ADM 199/1388 + File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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