Allied Warships

HMS Trent (K 243)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 243 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Bellis & Morcom 
Ordered8 May 1941 
Laid down31 Jan 1942 
Launched10 Oct 1942 
Commissioned27 Feb 1943 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal Indian Navy April 1946 and renamed Kurki.

 

Commands listed for HMS Trent (K 243)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Gavin Rankin, RNR10 Jan 1943Jun 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Alexander Woods, RNZNRJun 19455 Jul 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Charles Donovan Smith, DSC, RD, RNR5 Jul 194527 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Trent include:


21 Mar 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMIS Rohilkhand (Lt. J.E. Gibbs, RIN). (1)

25 Mar 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Deveron (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR) and HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR). (1)

26 Mar 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Lancer (A/Skr.Lt. A. Robinson, DSC, RNR). (1)

27 Mar 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Lancer (A/Skr.Lt. A. Robinson, DSC, RNR), HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN). (1)

4 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant, HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN). (2)

10 Apr 1943
HMS Trent (A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) picks up 15 survivors from the Dutch merchant Blitar that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-632 about 520 miles east of Cape Farewell on 6 April.

10 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(retired) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Teviot (Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR) and HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (3)

19 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(retired) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Clematis (T/Lt. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 33]. (4)

22 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lotus (Lt. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (5)

23 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR) and HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR). (5)

5 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Fal (Lt. H.W. Barrett, DSC, RNR) and HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN). (6)

9 Oct 1943
On 9 October 1943, convoy WS-33 arrived in South Africa from the UK with reinforcements for service in Burma, the convoy consisted of 4 ships. The British frigates HMS Bann, HMS Plym, HMS Teviot and HMS Trent were responsible for providing the Anti-Submarine escort on the last leg of the passage. (7)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6382 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17923
  3. ADM 173/18373
  4. ADM 173/17782
  5. ADM 173/17771
  6. ADM 173/17773
  7. Personal communication

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


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