Allied Warships

HMS Smilax (K 280)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 280 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered6 Dec 1941 
Laid down 
Launched24 Dec 1942 
Commissioned21 Jun 1943 
End service 

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Returned to the United States Navy on 5 January 1946.  

Former nameUSS Tact

Commands listed for HMS Smilax (K 280)

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1Lt. Alan Branson, RNR21 Jun 19435 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Smilax include:

12 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Smilax (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR) and HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMCS Louisburg (T/Lt. J.B. Elmsley, RCNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18528

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

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