Allied Warships

HMS Tortola (K 595)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 595 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down16 Oct 1943 
Launched16 Nov 1943 
Commissioned15 May 1944 
End service 

HMS Tortola is not listed in the October 1945 Navy List

Returned to the USN on 22 May 1946.

Former namePF-91

Commands listed for HMS Tortola (K 595)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Gerald Charles Leonard Payne, RNVR23 Dec 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Tortola 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.

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