Allied Warships

HMS Helford (K 252)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 252 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) : Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Jan 1942 
Laid down27 Jun 1942 
Launched6 Feb 1943 
Commissioned26 Jun 1943 
End service 

Scrapped 29 June 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Helford (K 252)

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1Cdr. Charles George Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR26 Jul 1943early 1946

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Notable events involving Helford include:

25 Aug 1944
On 25 August 1944, the troopship Dunnottar Castle (British, 15007 GRT, built 1936) departed Colombo for Melbourne. She was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN) and the frigate HMS Helford (Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR).

On the same day the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone (Capt. L.M. Shadwell, RN) and the escort carrier HMS Atheling (A/Cdr. H.L. Oliver, RN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle and Mauritius respectively. They were escorted by the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.D. Read, CB, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN), HrMs Van Galen (Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN).

These two groups made rendezvous around 1845FG(-6.5)/26. HMAS Quickmatch was then detached to return to Colombo.

At 0030FG/29, HMAS Nizam, HrMS Van Galen and HMS Pathfinder parted company. HMAS Nizam and HMS Pathfinder returned to Fremantle while HrMs Van Galen proceeded to Colombo. They all arrived on 31 August 1944.

At 0045FG/29, HMS Atheling and HMS Helmford parted company.

This left the Dunnottar Castle and HMS Maidstone proceeding towards Australia escorted by HMS Nigeria.

At 1330H/4, the Dunnottar Castle parted company to proceed to Melbourne.

HMS Maidstone and HMS Nigeria arrived at Fremantle around noon on the 5th.

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