Allied Warships

HMS Loch Fada (K 390)

Frigate of the Loch class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassLoch 
PennantK 390 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jan 1943 
Laid down8 Jun 1943 
Launched14 Dec 1943 
Commissioned10 Apr 1944 
End service27 Oct 1967 
History

Decommissioned on 27 October 1967.
Used as a floating platform for test firing of Sea Wolf missiles off the quarter deck on the MOD range at Luce Bay, Scotland.
Arrived at Faslane to be scrapped on 28 May 1970.

 

Commands listed for HMS Loch Fada (K 390)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Andrew Rogers, RD, RNR4 Feb 19443 Sep 1945
2T/Cdr. Rupert Henry Marchington, RNVR3 Sep 19451 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Loch Fada include:


22 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Highlander (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR), La Surprise, HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Miller, DSC, RNR). (1)

27 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Miller, DSC, RNR), La Surprise, HMCS Teme (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR) and HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). (1)

28 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMCS Teme (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR), HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Miller, DSC, RNR) and HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR). (1)

29 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMCS Teme (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR). (1)

5 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR), HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (2)

23 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.> Roberts, RNR) and HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR). (3)

24 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.> Roberts, RNR) and HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR). (3)

28 Sep 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). (4)

27 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1279 was sunk in the English Channel, in position 49°46'N, 05°47'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Labuan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. V.D.H. Bidwell, DSC, RNR) and HMS Loch Fada (Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN).

27 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1018 was sunk in the Channel south of Penzance, in position 49°56'N, 05°20'W, by depth charges (Squid) from the British frigate HMS Loch Fada (Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). Two survivors were picked up by the frigate.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19218
  2. ADM 173/19192
  3. ADM 173/19219
  4. ADM 173/18532

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


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