Allied Warships

HMS Tavy (K 272)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 272 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Bellis & Morcom 
Ordered26 Feb 1942 
Laid down17 Oct 1942 
Launched3 Apr 1943 
Commissioned3 Jul 1943 
End service 

Scrapped 28 September 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Tavy (K 272)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Ardern, RNR1 Jun 194329 Sep 1944
2Cdr. George Arthur Thring, DSO, RN29 Sep 194431 Mar 1945
3A H Williams, RN31 Mar 19451 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Tavy include:

3 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Camellia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Lyons, RNVR) and HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR). (1)

14 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR), HMS Londonderry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Petunia (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (2)

5 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-390 was sunk 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the Baie de la Seine, English Channel, in position 49°52'N, 00°48'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, DSC and Bar, RN) and the British frigate HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Ardern, RNR).


  1. ADM 173/18513
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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