Allied Warships

HMS Sarawak (K 591)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 591 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down28 Sep 1943 
Launched25 Oct 1943 
Commissioned7 Feb 1944 
End service 

Returned to the USN 22 May 1946.
Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1947.

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


Commands listed for HMS Sarawak (K 591)

Please note that we're still working on this section
and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

1Lt.Cdr. Eric Hope Lynes, RD, RNRFeb 1944Apr 1944
2Lt.Cdr. John Merrick Rayner, RD, RNRApr 194415 Mar 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Francis Harden Gray, RD, RNR15 Mar 1945mid 1945

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Sarawak include:

12 Oct 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tortola (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.C.L. Payne, RNVR), HMS Sarawak (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) and HMS Bahamas (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomson, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/19300

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

Return to the Allied Warships section