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HMS Torrington

HMS Torrington

It was HMS Torrington that was responsible for depth charging U-5377 on the 11th March 1945. The Torrington was a Royal Navy Captain–class frigate. (Captain-class meant it was part of a group of 78 frigates constructed in the USA and delivered to the UK under the Lend-Lease agreement. This was an agreement between the UK and USA, signed in 1941 some 9 months prior to America entering the war, whereby America agreed to provide material to the UK and Allied forces. It was understood that the equipment would either be eventually paid for or returned if not destroyed. At the end of hostilities retained equipment was bought at approximately 10% of the original value).

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The ship was originally built by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard in the USA. The keel was laid on 22nd September 1943 and completed on 18th January 1944 – taking just 4 months to construct.

Key Features of HMS Torrington

Keel laid

22nd September 1943

Launched

27th November 1943

Completed and transferred to UK

18th January 1944

Displacement

1,400 tons

Length

93 metres (306 feet)

Beam

11.2 metres (36.75 feet)

Draft

2.7 metres (9 feet)

Speed

44 km/h (24 knots)

Range

10,200 km (5,500 nautical miles) at 28 km/h (15 knots)

Complement

186

Armament
(Not definitive but likely to include)

3 x 3"/50 Mk22 guns,
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm gun
(7 – 9) x 20mm Oerlikon guns
1 x Hedgehog Projector Mk10 
4 x Mk6 depth charge projectors
2 x Mk9 depth charge tracks

Fate

Returned to USA 11 June 1946,  sold 26 September 1947 for scrap.

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