Allied Warships

HMS Fal (K 266)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 266 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered13 Dec 1941 
Laid down20 May 1942 
Launched9 Nov 1942 
Commissioned2 Jul 1943 
End service25 May 1947 

On 15 July 1943 HMS Fal arrived at Tobermory for her work up, when successfully completed she was allocated as a member of the 38th Escort Group based at Londonderry Cdr. Christie was in command. In August she was transferred to the West Africa Command based at Freetown, where she was a member of the 57th, Escort Group.

Fal spent 1944 escorting convoys and conducting anti-submarine sweeps along the West African coast, and at years end sailed for Bermuda. During February – March 1945 Fal completed a refit at Bermuda, and returned to Devonport. In May, she arrived at Tobermory once more for a work up with a majority of new members of her crew. In July she rejoined the West African Command at Freetown. November 5th, Fal and the corvette HMS Porchester Castle were responsible for the sinking of the old Edinburgh Castle which had laid up at Freetown for the duration of the war, and used as an accommodation ship there. She had deteriorated so badly over the years, that it was considered unsafe for towing back to the UK for scrapping.

In 1946 while Fal was entering the port of Dakar her propellors snarled a steel wire causing her to collide into a caison, considerable damage was caused to her bows and it was decided that she proceed to Simonstown, South Africa for repairs, On May 1st, Fal arrived at Simonstown on re-allocation to the South Atlantic Station, and on the 29th, she was docked in the Selborne dry dock. On July 2nd she was undocked. From October 29th-November 8th she was once again dry docked. On December 27th she left Simonstown on passage to Rangoon. On 25 May 1947 Fal was handed over to the Government of Burma on loan to that country. On 29 August 1948 Fal was transferred permanently to the Burmese Navy as a free gift and renamed Mayu. In 1979 Mayu was deleted from the active list, and hauled up high and dry alongside the river in Ranjbon, surrounded by a barb wire fence and used as a training ship.


Commands listed for HMS Fal (K 266)

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1Lt.Cdr. Maurice George Rose, RANVR2 May 19438 Feb 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Standen Howell, RNR8 Feb 1944Jan 1945
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Peter Thompson Clothier, DSC, RNVR1 Jan 1945Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Fal include:

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.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN). (1)

18 May 1945
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Fal (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.T. Clothier, DSC, RNVR) and FFS Commandant Drogou. (2)


  1. ADM 173/17773
  2. ADM 173/20191

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

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