Allied Warships

HMCS Swansea (K 328)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 328 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down15 Jul 1942 
Launched19 Dec 1942 
Commissioned4 Oct 1943 
End service14 Oct 1966 

Decommissioned 2 November 1945.
Recommissioned as a Prestonian class frigate with penant number 306 on 14 November 1957.
Decommissioned 14 October 1966.


Commands listed for HMCS Swansea (K 328)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Clarence Aubrey King, DSO, DSC, RCNR4 Oct 19434 Nov 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Trumbull Band, RCNVR5 Nov 194415 Apr 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Georges Albert LaRue, RCNVR16 Apr 19452 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Swansea include:

10 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-845 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°20'N, 20°33'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Forester, the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent, the Canadian corvette HMCS Owen Sound and the Canadian frigate HMCS Swansea.

10 Mar 1944
On that clear moonlit night, following the sinking of U-845, three of the attacking ships, Swansea, Forester and St. Laurent lay stopped while their whalers were launched and scrambling nets deployed to facilitate a total of Three Officers and Forty-two men being retrieved from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Half that number, One Officer and Twenty-two men were rescued by HMCS Swansea to become POW's. (1)

14 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-448 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46°22'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR) and the British sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN).

14 Apr 1944
Following a devastating creeping attack, U-448 surfaced, then sank. Of a total of Five Officers and Thirty-seven men, Swansea rescued Seventeen and Pelican picked up the remaining Twenty-five. (1)

22 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-311 in the North Atlantic south west of Iceland in position 52°09'N, 19°07'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Matane (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN) and HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR).

22 Apr 1944
The fact that U-311 was destroyed by the depth charge attacks of Matane and/or Swansea, was unknown until years after WWII, when German and British intelligence attributed the kill to these two ships, as opposed to attack by aircraft, the latter having been thought to be the case prior to the post-war analyses. (1)

1 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-247 was sunk in the Channel some 11 nautical miles south-east of Lands End, in position 49°54'N, 05°49'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Saint John (A/Lt.Cdr. W.R. Stacey, RCNR) and HMCS Swansea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN).

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken

HMCS Swansea

McKee, Fraser M.


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