HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||22 Oct 1934|
Completed in November 1934.
Sold in February 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Maurice Arthur Brind, RN||9 Oct 1939||1 Apr 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Francis Mervyn Wynter Harris, RNR||13 Apr 1940||May 1940|
|3||T/Lt. Frederick Graham-Brown, RNR||May 1940||mid 1941|
|4||T/Lt. William Fleming McAusland, RNVR||mid 1941||late 1942|
|5||Lt. Jack Carlton Pope, RNR||late 1942||late 1942|
|6||T/Lt. Ernest Lockett Cole, RNVR||late 1942||1 Feb 1943|
|7||T/Lt. Frank Bloor, RNVR||1 Feb 1943||May 1944|
|8||Lt. Charles Russell Dunlop, RNVR||May 1944||1 Jul 1944|
|9||T/Lt. Herbert George Gabriel, RNVR||1 Jul 1944|
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Notable events involving Loch Melfort include:
3 Dec 1940
Convoy AS 6.
This convoy departed Piraeus on 3 December 1940 for Port Said where it arrived on 7 December 1940.
The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels; Adinda (Dutch (tanker), 3359 GRT, built 1939), Artemis Pitta (Greek, 1363 GRT, built 1906), British Sergeant (British (tanker), 5868 GRT, built 1922), Cleanthis (Greek, 4153 GRT, built 1911), Eocene (British, 4216 GRT, built 1922), Guido (British, 3921 GRT, built 1920), Hannah Moller (British, 2931 GRT, built 1911), Helka (British, 3471 GRT, built 1912) and Tanais (Greek, 1545 GRT, built 1907).
On departure escort was provided by the A/S trawler HMS Loch Melfort (T/Lt. F. Graham-Brown, RNR). A second A/S trawler was to have sailed as escort for the convoy but was unable to do so due to defects, this was HMS Kingston Coral (Skr. W. Kirman, RNR).
From about south of the Kaso Strait AA protection was given by the AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN). The cruiser had departed Alexandria on 3 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1300/4 in approximate position 34°12'N 28°24'E.
The destroyer HMS Wryneck (Lt.Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN) departed Alexandria on 5 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1130/6.
HMS Calcutta parted company with the convoy at 1800/6 and set course for Alexandria where she arrived the next morning.
The convoy arrived at Port Said on the 7th following which HMS Wryneck returned to Alexandria arriving on the 8th.