Allied Warships

HMS Labuan (K 584)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 584 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down7 Aug 1943 
Launched21 Sep 1943 
Commissioned5 Feb 1944 
End service 

Briefly named Gold Coast but launched as Labuan.
Returned to the USN on 18 May 1948.  

Former nameUSS Harvey PF-80

Commands listed for HMS Labuan (K 584)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Vivian Dickinson Hamlin Bidwell, DSC, RNR5 Feb 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Labuan include:

24 Sep 1944
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Coaticook (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L de la C. Audette, RCNVR ) and HMS Labuan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. V.D.H. Bidwell, DSC, RNR). (1)

27 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1279 was sunk in the English Channel, in position 49°46'N, 05°47'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Labuan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. V.D.H. Bidwell, DSC, RNR) and HMS Loch Fada (Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN).


  1. ADM 173/19286

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

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