Allied Warships

HMS Curzon (K 513)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 513 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down23 Jun 1943 
Launched18 Sep 1943 
Commissioned20 Nov 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 84 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 27 March 1946. Stricken and scrapped.

Former nameDE 84

Commands listed for HMS Curzon (K 513)

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1Lt. Allen Augustus Diggens, DSC, RN20 Nov 1943early 1946

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Notable events involving Curzon include:

20 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Curzon (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Diggins, DSC, RN), HMS Byard (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.M. Ferris, RNVR) and HMS Drury (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN). (1)

21 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-212 was sunk in the English Channel south of Brighton, in position 50°27'N, 00°13'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Curzon (Lt.Cdr. A. Diggins, RN) and HMS Ekins (Lt. G. Bonner-Davies, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/18492

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

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