HMS Nene (K 270)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Ordered||24 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||20 Jun 1942|
|Launched||9 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||8 Apr 1943|
|End service||4 Jun 1944|
Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 4 June 1944.
|Career notes||To the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Nene|
Commands listed for HMS Nene (K 270)
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|1||Cdr. John Dudley Birch, RD, RNR||28 Jan 1943||6 Mar 1944|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Reginald Frederick James Maberley, RNVR||6 Mar 1944||28 Mar 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Horace Vivian Patrick Bates, RNR||8 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Nene include:
24 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR), HMCS Calgary (T/Lt. H.K. Hill, RCNVR) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (1)
23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.
On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.
Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.
20 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-536 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43°50'N, 19°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR) and HMCS Calgary (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.K. Hill, RCNVR).
24 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-257 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in approximate position 47°19'N, 26°00'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RNR).
- ADM 173/17795
- File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.