Allied Warships

HMS Papua (K 588)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 588 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down7 Sep 1943 
Launched10 Oct 1943 
Commissioned25 Jul 1944 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 13 May 1946.

HMS Papua is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Former nameUSS Howett PF-84

Commands listed for HMS Papua (K 588)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Hope Lynes, RD, RNRApr 194426 Jan 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. Charles William Leadbetter, RNR26 Jan 194527 May 1945
3A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey William McGuiness, RNR27 May 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Papua include:

27 Sep 1944
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMS Papua (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR) and HMS Perim (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.J.T. Mosarrat, RNVR). (1)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Pheasant and HMS Papua (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR). (2)

4 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1014 was sunk in the North Channel east of Malin Head, in position 55°17'N, 06°44'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Loch Scavaig (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Hancock, RNR), HMS Nyasaland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Scott, DSC, RNVR), HMS Papua (A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR) and HMS Loch Shin (Cdr. J.P. de W. Kitcat, RN).

20 Apr 1945
At Loch Alsh, HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN) and ships from Escort Group 23 which were most likely the following; HMS Loch Gorm (Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Loch Scavaig (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Hancock, RNR), HMS Montserrat (A/Lt.Cdr. F.A.J. Downer, DSC, RNR), HMS Nyasaland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Scott, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Papua (A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR). (3)

17 May 1953
HMS Papua, as the Egyptian ship Misr was sunk in a collision. (4)


  1. ADM 173/19286
  2. ADM 173/19302
  3. ADM 173/19808 + ADM 173/19975
  4. Personal communication

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

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