HMS Berry (K312)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Berry
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 22 September 1942
Launched: 23 November 1942
Commissioned: 15 March 1943
Struck: 12 March 1946
Fate: Returned to the USN, 2 February 1946
Sold for scrapping, 9 November 1946
General characteristics
Type: Captain-class frigate
Displacement: 1,140 long tons (1,158 t)
Length: 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m)
Beam: 35 ft 1 in (10.69 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW)
2 screws
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 156
Armament: 3 × single 3"/50 Mk.22 dual purpose guns
1 × twin 40 mm AA gun
10 × 20 mm AA guns
1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
4 × depth charge projectors
2 × depth charge tracks

HMS Berry (K312) was a Captain-class frigate, built in the United States as a Evarts-class destroyer escort, and transferred to the Royal Navy under the terms of Lend-Lease, which served in World War II. She was named after Rear Admiral Sir Edward Berry (1768-1831).

The name Berry was originally assigned to the Evarts-class destroyer escort, BDE-14, laid down on 28 February 1942. When that ship was retained by the United States Navy and renamed Doherty (DE-14), the name was transferred to another ship.

The new Berry (BDE-3) was laid down on 22 September 1942 by the Boston Navy Yard, launched on 23 November 1942, and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 15 March 1943.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, HMS Berry operated in the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay in 1943 and 1944. After the war, Berry was returned to the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 2 February 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1946, and she was sold to the North American Smelting Co., of Philadelphia. That firm took possession of her on 9 November 1946 and completed her scrapping on 4 November 1948.

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