Allied Warships

HMS Ekins (K 552)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 552 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down5 Jul 1943 
Launched2 Oct 1943 
Commissioned29 Nov 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 87 but not named.

HMS Ekins (Lt. A.R. Tandevin, RNVR) was severely damaged by a mine in the North Sea some 13 miles north-west of Ostend, Belgium on 16 April 1945, declared a total loss.

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

Scrapped in the Netherlands.

Former nameDE 87

Commands listed for HMS Ekins (K 552)

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1T/Lt. George Graham Bonner-Davis, RNVRNov 194316 Oct 1944
2Lt. Anthony Richard Taudevin, DSC, RNVR16 Oct 1944mid 1945
3T/Lt. Robert John Slater, RNVRmid 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Ekins include:

24 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RN), HMS Nasturtium (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) and HMS Abelia (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR). (1)

21 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-212 was sunk in the English Channel south of Brighton, in position 50°27'N, 00°13'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Curzon (Lt.Cdr. A. Diggins, RN) and HMS Ekins (Lt. G. Bonner-Davies, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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