Allied Warships

HMS Somaliland (K 594)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 594 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down11 Oct 1943 
Launched11 Nov 1943 
Commissioned22 Feb 1944 
End service 

Returned to the USN 22 May 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Somaliland (K 594)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Keith Burns Hopkins, DSC, RNVR22 Feb 19446 Oct 1945
2T/Lt. John Norman Hill, RNR6 Oct 194521 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Somaliland include:

3 Sep 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMS Cayman (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.C. Bradley, RNZNR) and HMS Somaliland (A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Hopkins, DSC, RNVR). (1)

23 Nov 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS North Bay (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B. Hynes, RCNVR), HMCS Atholl (T/Lt. W.G. Garden, RCNVR), HMS Bahamas (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomson, RNR) and HMS Somaliland (A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Hopkins, DSC, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 199/1830
  2. ADM 173/19411

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

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