Allied Warships

HMS Fitzroy (ii) (K 553)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 553 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down24 Aug 1943 
Launched1 Sep 1943 
Commissioned16 Oct 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 88 but not named.

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

Returned to the USN on 6 January 1946. Scrapped. Battle Honours include; Battle of Atlantic - Arctic Convoys & Normandy Landings.

Former nameDE 88

Commands listed for HMS Fitzroy (ii) (K 553)

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1Cdr. Colin Henry Campbell, DSC, RN16 Oct 1943Jan 1944
2Lt. Charles Duncan Campbell McNeil, RNVRJan 194417 Apr 1944
3A/Lt.Cdr. Alan John McCullogh Miller, DSC, RNVR17 Apr 1944early 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Orme Gordon Stuart, RCNVRearly 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Fitzroy (ii) include:

27 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-722 was sunk in the North Atlantic near the Hebrides, in position 57°09'N, 06°55'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy (Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN) and HMS Byron (Lt. J. Burfield, DSC, RN).

8 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-1001 was sunk in the Atlantic south-west of Land's End, in position 49°19'N, 10°23'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy (Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), and HMS Byron (Lt. J. Burfield, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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