LOCH-Class Twin Screw Past Frigate ordered on 15th February 1943 from Swan Hunter, Newcastle and laid down
September 194 as Job No 4808. The
ship was launched on 23rd February 1944 as the 2nd
to carry this name. It had previously been used by a trawler hired in 1939 for
use as Boom Defence
The first LOCH SHIN was lost when she capsized at Harstad, Norway after
being damaged in air
Build was completed on 10th October 1944.
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Inland Loch in Sutherland, extending NW from Lairg
Grid Reference NC 4816
B a t t l e H o n o u r
1940* - ATLANTIC 1945
- ARCTIC 1945
(* Awarded to lst
LOCH SHIN (See above).)
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None is recorded in the Official
(Note: Many ships of the Class had unofficial crests used
during War Service.)
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Commissioned for trials. Contractors trials.
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant
Commander AL Turner RNR.
10th - Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials into service
for duty in Western Approaches.
On completion took passage to Tobermory for Work-up.
On completion of work-up took passage to Greenock.
10th - Joined 18th Escort Group and deployed for convoy defence in NW
Convoy defence in NW Approaches in continuation.
5th - Transferred to Channel area for duty with CTG 125.2 baaed at
Deployed in English Channel for convoy defence.
1 9 4 5
Channel deployment in continuation.
Transferred to Clyde to join
19th Escort Group as Senior Officer. (Senior Officer: Commander CA de
W Kitcat DSO RN).
Deployed as escort for HM Escort Carrier KHEDIVE. Under repair
Deployed for convoy defence and support in NW Approaches and Irish Sea with ships of
4th - Participated in attacks on U1014 (Oberleutnent sur See Wolfgang
off the Ulster coast with HM Frigates LOCH SCAVAIG, PAPUA and NYASALAND. Shared credit
with HM Frigate LOCH SCAVAIG for sinking of U1014 in position 55.17N 06.44W. None of
submarine's crew survived.
25th - Began maintenance period in Liverpool.
Nominated for detached duty with Group for support of Russian Convoy
6th - Lieutenant Commander PF Broadhead RNR appointed in command.
7th - Rejoined Group on completion and deployed in Irish Sea for convoy
16th - Deployed with HM Frigates LOCH INSH, COTTON, GOODALL and ANGUILLA
defence of Convoy JW66 during passage to Murmansk. (For details
of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOY! by P Kemp, CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA
Ruegg, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B. Schoefield.)
18th - HM Cruiser BELLONA and eight Home Fleet Destroyers joined Convoy.
22nd - Detached with ships of Group to provide anti-submarine protection
to HM Cruiser APOLLO, HM Destroyers OBEDIENT, OPPORTUNE and ORWELL during
lay of anti-submarine minefield off Kola Inlet (Operation TRAMMEL) (For details
of all minelaying operations see Naval Staff History (Mining))
25th - Convoy arrived at Kola Inlet after unscathed passage.
29th - Took part in anti-submarine operations off Kola Inlet with ships
of Group prior to passage of return Convoy RA66.
(Note: 12 U-boats were known to
be laying off the port to attack the convoy).
Took part in sinking of U286
with HM Frigates ANGUILLA and COTTON in position 69.29 N 33-37E by
concentrated depth charge and SQUID projectile attacks.
There were no survivors from
(Note: During the operations U966 torpedoed HMS GOODALL which was then
Escort of RA66 in continuation.
5th - Detached from RA66 before arrival in Clyde after safe passage.
6th - Carried out boiler cleaning in Liverpool.
16th - Transferred to Rosyth Escort Force but deployed in English
Channel deployment in continuation
(Note: Increase attacks by
SCHNORKEL equipped U-Boats has required an increase in
deployment of anti-submarine
Atlantic convoys to Thames had been routed through Channel after threat
attacks had been removed by military advance in France.)
16th - Passage to Rosyth.
Nominated for support of re-occupation operations in
23rd - At Wilhelmshaven.
27th - At Stranraer (Note: German submarines were being taken to Stranraer
for assembly before being sunk in NW Approaches (Operation DEADLIGHT).
28th - Returned to Rosyth.
Rosyth Escort Force deployment in continuation.
22nd - At Bremerhaven.
28th - Returned to Rosyth.
15th - Deployed at Loch Ryan. (Note: This may also have been
support for DEADLIGHT.)
26th - Returned to Rosyth.
Rosyth Escort Force deployment in continuation.
20th - At Hamburg.
22nd - Returned to Rosyth.
Passage to Iceland.
23rd - At Reykjavik.
31st - Passage to Rosyth.
3rd - At Rosyth.
21st - Lieutenant Commander SH Lampard RNR appointed in command. Passage to
Clyde area for support of DEADLIGHT.
24th to 31st - Deployed for sinking operations in NW approaches. Tow of
U2328 parted but submarine was later recovered and sunk in accordance
DEADLIGHT support in continuation in Clyde and Londonderry areas.
26th - Passage to Londonderry for DEADLIGHT sinking operations.
30th - Sank U294.
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DEADLIGHT participation in continuation.
3rd - Sank U1010.
5th - Sank U901.
Deployment in Clyde area at Greenock.
10th - Sank U975.
11th - Diverted from DEADLIGHT operation to assist as EMPIRE MOMBASA on
difficulty in NW
18th - Visited Whitehaven, Cumberland.
22nd - At Rosyth. Deployed for visit to Wilhelmshaven and returned to
(Note: Routine visits were paid to German ports for support of
March to August
Under repair and refit at Rosyth.
Post refit trials.
Deployed at Rosyth
Deployment at Rosyth in continuation.
13th - Lieutenant I N Mayfield RN appointed in command.
Rosyth deployment in continuation.
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January to May
Deployed at Rosyth.
Nominated for reduction to Reserve status.
Took passage to Harwich.
Paid off and reduced to Reserve at Harwich.
August to December
Nominated for transfer to Reserve Fleet Division, Sheerness. Waiting tow to
Medway at Harwich.
1 9 4 8
January to May
In Reserve at Sheerness.
Transfer to Royal New Zealand Navy under negotiation. To be refitted
for RNZN service before transfer. (Note: Sold for £228,350, including costs of refit. Nominated for
duty as Senior Officer's ship of 11th Frigate Flotilla.
Take in tow to Chatham
June to July
Under refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham.
To be renamed HMZNS TAUPO. (Note:
Anti-submarine (ASDIC) equipment was up-dated).
for visual signalling purposes changed to F421.
18th - Commander LP Bourke, DSC* RNZN appointed in command.
Carried out Post Refit trials in Nore Command area.
3rd - Renamed TAUPO by Lady Burrough (wife of CinC Nore, Admiral Sir
S e r v i c e a s H M N Z S T A U P O
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New Zealand (Position 38.40S 176.00E)
(Note: Taupo means iron-stone or
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in a base barry wavy of six Argent and Azure,
double canoe under sail.
Designed by the ship feauring a Maori canoe with the wavy lines
canoe being double hulled is the likely type of construction to have
been used for
'Te Arawa', which was the vessel bringing the ancestors
of the Arawa
people to New Zealand. This type of craft with double hull
and a deck
house is in accordance with the Maori tradition and noted by
and James Cook in the late 18th century.
nature of the North Island is represented by the red
This type of canoe is no longer used in New Zealand).
On completion of trials took passage to Portsmouth.
Shakedown in Portland area. Passage to Malta for work-up.
Worked-up in Malta with sister ships HMZNS PUKAK1 and HMNZS KANIERE. (Note: These
were transferred to the RNZN at the same time).
On completion took passage to New Zealand with HMNZS PUKAKI and HMNZS KANIERE. Passage to
Singapore with calls at Aden and Trincomalee.
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Passage to Auckland from Singapore.
5th - Joined Flotilla on arrival.
Deployed for South Pacific patrol with visits to Fiji, Suva and Samoa.
14th - Lieutenant Commander WH Brereton, RN appointed in command.
March to August
Pacific patrol and visits deployment in continuation.
Deployed at Auckland.
5th - Commander AB Gilfillan VRD RNR appointed in command.
October to November
Passage to join exercises with RAN ships in Australia. Took part in
joint exercise programme.
Deployed at Auckland.
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January to March
Deployed in New Zealand waters for patrol and exercises. Selected for
exchange with HM Frigate VERYAN BAY of Mediterranean Fleet. (Note: Sister
ship HMNZS HAWEA was also selected.)
Passage to Trincomalee with call at Singapore.
Passage to Malta to join 2nd Frigate Squadron and called at Aden.
Took part in Mediterranean Fleet Summer cruise, exercise and visits
Mediterranean Fleet deployment in continuation, based in Malta. Won 'Cock of
the Fleet' at Fleet Regatta held at Marmarice, Turkey
Took part in Flotilla and Fleet exercises.
Visited Suda Bay and Phaleron
Took part in Fleet visits programme including call at Taranto.
Loan service in Mediterranean completed and took passage to rejoin
Passage from Singapore to Auckland with calls at Darwin and Cairns
Rejoined 11th Flotilla.
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Deployed for Fleet exercises in New Zealand waters.
23rd - Captain L P Bourke OBE, DSC* RN appointed in command and as SO
Passage to Sydney to take part in joint RAN/RNZN exercises with HM New
Carried out joint exercises with RAN ships and called at Hobart.
On completion took passage to
Auckland to rejoin Flotilla.
April to July
Deployed in New Zealand waters. Nominated for detached service
with UN off Korea as relief for HM NZ Frigate ROTOITI.
(Note: HMZNS ROTOITI was also
transferred in 1948)
Deployed at Auckland. Prepared for UN Service.
13th - Lieutenant Commander KA Craddock-Hartopp MBE, DSC RN appointed in
3rd - Worked up for operational service during passage to Sydney.
13th - Took passage to Singapore from Sydney.
2nd - Took passage from Singapore to Hong Kong.
7th - Took passage to Sasebo, Japan from Hong Kong to join UN command (Note:
Warships serving with United Nations Task Groups were based at Sasebo . Limited
support facilities were available and operational control was carried out locally to
support military operations.)
10th - Relieved HMNZS ROTOITI which returned to Auckland.
service off west coast of Korea. Joined Task Unit 95.13 and took passage to west coast
Carried out survey of anchorage in Han River for use by ships during
Provided bombardment spotting parties and continued survey of
31st - Returned to Sasebo for R&R.
3rd - Deployed for escort and patrol duty on West coast.
11th - Nominated for detached service under US Navy command and
transferred to East coast of Korea for loan service in Task Unit 95.22.
patrol in Haeju area.
Deployment with TU 95.22 in continuation.
1st - Carried out bombardment of railway targets with HMNZ Frigate HAWEA (Note: This
sister ship was also transferred to RNZN in 1948.)
12th - Took passage to Kure, Japan for refit and docking. (Note: British
commonwealth warships carried out assisted maintenance at commercial shipyard. Limited leave
facilities were available.)
Carried out maintenance period at Kure.
21st - Resumed detached duty with Commonwealth ships off West coast of
Korea in TU95.12.
1 9 5 2
West coast deployment in continuation for support of military operations
bombardment of enemy positions.
3rd - Returned to Sasebo. Nominated for further detached service with TU95.22 on
East coast of Korea.
4th - Rejoined Task Unit for support duties on east coast..
13th - Took passage to Kure for maintenance and leave.
21st - Rejoined TU95.22.
1st - Returned to Kure.
3rd - Passage to Sasebo prior to rejoining to join TU95.22.
6th - Took passage for support duties with TU95.22 off east coast.
19th - Deployed for bombardment of railway targets.
20th - Deployed to assist in defence of Yang-Do island threaten by
invasion from mainland of North Korea.
Joined USS END1COTT and USS
SHELDON in attack on sampans, destroying ten.
Sustained slight damage by
return fire from shore batteries on mainland.
21st - Landed medical party to help treat casualties in Yang-Do. Embarked
wounded who were later transferred to USS ST PAUL.
27th - Returned to Sasebo on completion of patrol and bombardment duties
(Note: In addition to being awarded a DSC for his part in this action
Commander K A Craddock-Hartopp was awarded the US Legion of Merit.)
Deployed with other Commonwealth warships off west coast of Korea.
Relieved of UN service in Korea. Visited Kure before sailing to
11th - Passage to Hong Kong.
14th - Arrived at Hong Kong.
25th - Provided Guard for ANZAC Day ceremonies at Hong Kong.
1st - Took passage to Sasebo from Hong Kong to resume UN duties
6th - Deployed off West coast of Korea for patrol and support duties in
Task Group 95.
15th - Returned to Sasebo. Nominated for reduction to Reserve after return to New
June to August
West Coast gunfire support, patrol and shipping control duties in
(Note: During this period the ship assumed responsibility for shipping
liaison with military commanders for bombardments and other support).
9th - Sailed from Sasebo for last operational patrol to relieve HMNZS
ROTOITI off west
17th - Returned to Sasebo on completion of patrol and bombardment
(Statistical Notes: Mileage steamed: 53,000
Days at sea: 311 out of the 421
on detached UN duties. Ammunition expended: 16,044.rounds)
from Sasebo to Hong Kong.
21st - Paid off on arrival at Auckland and began to de-store.
Laid-up in Reserve at Auckland.
F i n a l P h a s e
HMNZS TAUPO remained
in Reserve at Auckland and was in Category A Reserve. Her upper deck
equipment was preserved. During 1954 her readiness Category
was reduced and she went on the Disposal List in 1961. The ship was sold on
15th December 1961 and towed for breaking-up in Hong Kong in 1962.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)