Allied Warships

HMS Test (K 239)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 239 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered15 Mar 1941 
Laid down15 Aug 1941 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned12 Oct 1942 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal Indian Navy May 1946.
Returned to the Royal Navy in April 1947.
Scrapped on 25 February 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Test (K 239)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Frank Bentley Collinson, RD, RNR1 Oct 19425 May 1945
2A/Cdr. (retired) Thomas Stanley Lane Fox-Pitt, OBE, RN5 May 194521 Sep 1945
3Lt. Patrick Nicholas Joyce, RN21 Sep 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Test include:


17 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Wear (?), HMS Goathland (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Pumphrey, RN, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMIS Carnatic (Lt. H.J.D. Hamilton, RIN). (1)

21 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMS Northern Gem (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RD, RNR). (1)

27 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMS Wedgeport (T/Lt. G.L. Fetherstonhaugh, RNR). (1)

29 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Lord Austin (T/Lt. E.L. Wathen, RNR), HMS Ayrshire, HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMS Haarlem (Lt. H. Riding, RNR). (1)

21 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Banff (Lt. P. Brett, RNR). (2)

28 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. A. Blewett, DSC, RNR), HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR). (3)

10 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(retired) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Teviot (Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR) and HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (4)

19 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(retired) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Clematis (T/Lt. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 33]. (5)

26 May 1943
German U-boat U-436 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 43°49'N, 15°56'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and the corvette HMS Hyderabad (T/Lt. T. Cooper, RNR).

21 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR), HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR) and HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR). (6)

23 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR) and HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR). (6)

5 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Fal (Lt. H.W. Barrett, DSC, RNR) and HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN). (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17255
  2. ADM 173/17790
  3. ADM 173/17792
  4. ADM 173/18373
  5. ADM 173/17782
  6. ADM 173/17771
  7. ADM 173/17773

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


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