Allied Warships

HMS Helmsdale (K 253)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 253 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Parsons 
Ordered1 Jan 1942 
Laid down13 Aug 1942 
Launched5 Jun 1943 
Commissioned15 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Logie James Simpson, RNR1 Sep 194327 Dec 1943
2Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN27 Dec 1943Sep 1944
3Cdr. Philip Whitworth Burnett, DSC, RNSep 19443 Apr 1945
4Cdr. Hugh William Falcon-Steward, RN3 Apr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Helmsdale include:


23 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Snowflake (Lt. E.J. Powell, RNR) and HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR). (1)

24 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Windrush and HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR). (1)

30 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR), HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (1)

1 Dec 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR). (2)

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).

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17764
  2. ADM 173/17765

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


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