Allied Warships

HMS Bann (K 256)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 256 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons (Bristol): Bellis & Morcom 
Ordered20 Jun 1941 
Laid down18 Jun 1942 
Launched29 Dec 1942 
Commissioned7 May 1943 
End service 

After commissioning and working up HMS Bann went to the Mediterranean where in July 1943 she was involved in the Allied landings in Sicily, (operation Huskey) as a unit of support force east, under Rear Admiral Harcourt.

In March 1944 HMS Bann was in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa for repairs to her bow, which had been damaged by striking the quay at Port Louis, Mauritius a few weeks previously.

On 5 December 1945 HMS Bann was transferred to the Indian Navy where she was converted to a midshipmanā€™s training ship by the Bombay Dockyard, and renamed Tir. Tir was decommissioned in 1979.


Commands listed for HMS Bann (K 256)

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1Lt.Cdr. Frank Arthur Shaw, RNR10 Mar 1943Aug 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Hudson Jameson, RNRAug 19455 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Bann include:

9 Oct 1943
On 9 October 1943, convoy WS-33 arrived in South Africa from the UK with reinforcements for service in Burma, the convoy consisted of 4 ships. The British frigates HMS Bann, HMS Plym, HMS Teviot and HMS Trent were responsible for providing the Anti-Submarine escort on the last leg of the passage. (1)

17 Sep 1945
On 17 September 1945 HMS Bann spent one day in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa for repairs. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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