Allied Warships

HMS Kilmarnock (Z 11)

Patrol vessel of the Kil class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypePatrol vessel
PennantZ 11 
Built byPullman Standard Car Co. (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 May 1942 
Laid down24 Apr 1943 
Launched1 Oct 1943 
Commissioned13 Nov 1943 
End service 

Returned U.S.N. in December 1946.

Former nameUSS PCE 837

Commands listed for HMS Kilmarnock (Z 11)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Binfield Brown, RNVR13 Dec 1943Aug 1944
2T/Lt. Ivo Henry Bargrave-Deane, RNVRAug 1944

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Notable events involving Kilmarnock include:

26 Apr 1944
Around noon, three submarines made rendez-vous, these were, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) and HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN). They were joined by there escort towards Gibraltar, HMS Kilmarnock (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Brown, RNVR). (1)

15 May 1944
German U-boat U-731 was sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar north of Tangier, in position 35°54'N, 05°45'W, by depth charges from the British patrol vessel HMS Kilmarnock (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Brown, RNVR), the British A/S trawler HMS Blackfly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR) and 2 US Catalina aircraft (VP-63 USN/P-1 & P-14).


  1. ADM 173/18461

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

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