HMS Ekins (K 552)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||5 Jul 1943|
|Launched||2 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||29 Nov 1943|
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 name||DE 87|
Commands listed for HMS Ekins (K 552)
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|1||T/Lt. George Graham Bonner-Davis, RNVR||Nov 1943||16 Oct 1944|
|2||Lt. Anthony Richard Taudevin, DSC, RNVR||16 Oct 1944||mid 1945|
|3||T/Lt. Robert John Slater, RNVR||mid 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Ekins include:
10 Mar 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RNVR). (1)
11 Mar 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RNVR). (1)
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). (2)
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).
- ADM 173/18996
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.