Allied Warships

HMS Loch Insh (K 433)

Frigate of the Loch class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 433 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : Whites M.E. 
Ordered25 Jan 1943 
Laid down17 Nov 1943 
Launched10 May 1944 
Commissioned20 Oct 1944 
End service 

Transferred to the Malaysian Navy 2 October 1964 and renamed Hang Tuag.
Scrapped in 1977.  

Commands listed for HMS Loch Insh (K 433)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edward William Charles Dempster, RNVR16 Aug 194419 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Loch Insh include:

22 Dec 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Loch Insh (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR) and HMS Antigua (A/Lt.Cdr. E.L. Donkin, RNR). (1)

29 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-307 was sunk in the Barents Sea near Murmansk, Russia, in position 69°24'N, 33°44'E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Loch Insh (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, DSC, RNVR).

29 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-286 was sunk in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk, Russia, in position 69°29'N, 33°37'E, by the British frigates HMS Loch Insh (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, DSC, RNVR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Cotton (Lt.Cdr. I.W.T. Beloe, RN).


  1. ADM 173/19365

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

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