Allied Warships

HMS Loch Shin (K 421)

Frigate of the Loch class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 421 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered13 Feb 1943 
Laid down6 Sep 1943 
Launched23 Feb 1944 
Commissioned10 Oct 1944 
End service 

Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy on 3 September 1948 and renamed Taupo.
Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1961.


Commands listed for HMS Loch Shin (K 421)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alfred Laurence Turner, RNR10 Mar 194413 Nov 1944
2A/Lt.Cdr. Charles William Leadbetter, RNR13 Nov 1944Jan 1945
3Cdr. John Percy de Winton Kitcat, RNJan 1945mid 1945
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Percy Frederick Broadhead, RNRmid 194531 Aug 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Graham Butcher, DSC, RNVR31 Aug 194521 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Loch Shin include:

4 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1014 was sunk in the North Channel east of Malin Head, in position 55°17'N, 06°44'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Loch Scavaig (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Hancock, RNR), HMS Nyasaland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Scott, DSC, RNVR), HMS Papua (A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR) and HMS Loch Shin (Cdr. J.P. de W. Kitcat, RN).

8 Mar 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Shin (Cdr. J.P. de W. Kitcat, RN). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20181

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

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