Allied Warships

HMS Retalick (K 555)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 555 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down21 Jul 1943 
Launched9 Oct 1943 
Commissioned8 Dec 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 90 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 25 October 1945. Scrapped.

Former nameDE 90

Commands listed for HMS Retalick (K 555)

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1Lt. John Studholme Brownrigg, RN7 Dec 1943Jan 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Allan Arthur Gotelee, DSC, RNVRJan 1945Jul 1945
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Gwilym Pinkerton Evans, DSC, RNVR15 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Retalick include:

29 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Seymour (Lt. G.J. Parry, RNR), HMS Stayner (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Retalick (Lt. J.S. Brownrigg, RN). (1)

4 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Retalick (Lt. J.S. Brownrigg, RN). (2)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19326
  2. ADM 173/19218

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

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