Allied Warships

HMS Redmill (K 554)

Frigate of the Captain class

HMS Redmill (K 554) after being torpedoed, assisted by HMS Rupert (K 561). Photo courtesy of K.R. MacPherson

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 554 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down14 Jul 1943 
Launched2 Oct 1943 
Commissioned30 Nov 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 89 but not named.

On 27 April 1945 HMS Redmill (Lt. John Richard Alured Denne, RN) was torpedoed by the German submarine U-1105 west of Ireland in position 54º23'N, 10º36'W. She was hit by a Gnat torpedo and had 60 feet of her stern missing. She was towed to Lisahally and declared a total loss. Returned to the US Navy on 20 January 1947 and scrapped.  

Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 27 Apr 1945 by U-1105 (Schwarz).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Redmill
Former nameDE 89

Commands listed for HMS Redmill (K 554)

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1Lt. John Richard Alured Denne, RN3 Dec 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Redmill include:

12 Sep 1944
Around 1545B/12, HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN), departed Plymouth for Scapa Flow. She is being escorted by the destroyers HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR), HMS Scimitar (Lt. P. Archer-Shee, RNVR) and HMS Saladin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.G.C. King, RNVR).

At 0740B/13, the escort was relieved by the frigates HMS Fitzroy (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. McCullogh Miller, DSC, RNVR), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN) and HMS Deane (Lt. V.A. Hickson, DSO, RN).

HMS Rodney arrived at Scapa Flow around 1445B/14. Before entering gunnery exercises had been carried out. (1)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Odzani (A/Lt.Cdr. J.N. Burgess, RANVR), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN) and aircraft. (2)

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).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 53/120414
  2. ADM 173/20231

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

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