Allied Warships

HMS Loch Eck (K 422)

Frigate of the Loch class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassLoch 
PennantK 422 
Built bySmith's Dock (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jan 1943 
Laid down25 Oct 1943 
Launched25 Apr 1944 
Commissioned7 Nov 1944 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy on 1 October 1948 and renamed Hawea.
Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1965.

 

Commands listed for HMS Loch Eck (K 422)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Ronald Clifford Freaker, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR4 Jul 194430 Mar 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. William McInnes, RNR30 Mar 1945Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Loch Eck include:


3 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-327 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea north-west of Bergen, in position 61°21'N, 02°00'E, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bayntun (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Bourke, DSC, RD, RNZNR), HMS Braithwaite (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Stoner, RN) and HMS Loch Eck (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR).

14 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-989 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea north of the Shetland Islands, in position 61°36'N, 01°35'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bayntun (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Bourke, DSC, RD, RNZNR), HMS Braithwaite (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Stoner, RN), HMS Loch Eck (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Loch Dunvegan (Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR).

17 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1278 was sunk in the North Sea north-west of Bergen, Norway in position 61°32'N, 01°36'E, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bayntun (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Bourke, DSC, RD, RNZNR) and HMS Loch Eck (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR).

4 Mar 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Bayntun (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Bourke, DSC, RD, RNZNR) and HMS Loch Eck (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/20181

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


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