Allied Warships

HMS Kempthorne (K 483)

Frigate of the Captain class


HMS Kempthorne as seen from the damaged HMS Nabob

Photograph with thanks to Dave Flowers

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassCaptain 
PennantK 483 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Jan 1942 
Laid down5 Jun 1943 
Launched17 Jul 1943 
Commissioned23 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

She was one of two warships that witnessed the German surrender at Trondheim, Norway in May 1945.

Returned to the USN on 20 August 1945 while in England and commissioned into the USN on that day. She was scrapped in May 1946.

 
Former nameUSS Trumpeter DE 279

Commands listed for HMS Kempthorne (K 483)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Alan Brown, RNR24 Oct 1943Dec 1944
2Lt. Harry James Alfred Wilson, RNDec 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Kempthorne include:


11 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Kempthorne (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RD, RNR) and HMS Keats (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR). (1)

12 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Kempthorne (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RD, RNR) and HMS Keats (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR). (1)

13 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (T/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Easton, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR), HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Kempthorne (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RD, RNR) (1)

Media links


The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18472

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


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