HMS Bligh (K467)

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Career
Laid down: 10 May 1943
Launched: 31 July 1943
Commissioned: 23 October 1943
Decommissioned: Returned to US Navy on 17 October 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap, 13 June 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,800 tons fully loaded
Length: 306 ft (93 m) overall
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.1 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m) fully loaded
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Endurance: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: Typically between 170 & 180

HMS Bligh was a Buckley class Captains class frigate active during World War II. She was named after William Bligh, commander of HMS Director at the Battle of Camperdown during the French Revolutionary War, and commander of the Bounty.

William Bligh in 1814

Originally destined for the US Navy, HMS Bligh was provisionally given the name USS Liddle (later this name was reassigned to DE 206); however, the delivery was diverted to the Royal Navy before the launch. Commanding Officers were Lt Cdr. RE Blyth RNVR and Lt Cdr. JW Cooper RNR.

Actions[edit]

HMS Bligh served exclusively with the 5th Escort Group taking part in operations in the Eastern Atlantic, the English Channel, and off Normandy.

On 6 May 1944, Bligh, together with HMS Bickerton, HMS Aylmer and two Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex, attacked and sank the submarine U-765 at position 52°30′N 28°28′W / 52.500°N 28.467°W / 52.500; -28.467 using depth charges, resulting in the loss of 37 hands.

On 7 November 1944, an accidental firing of an anti-aircraft gun while docked at Liverpool caused both death and injury on the troopship RMS Capetown Castle.

On 27 January 1945, Bligh, along with HMS Tyler and HMS Keats attacked and destroyed the submarine U-1172 with depth charges, causing the loss of all 52 hands at position 52°24′N 05°42′W / 52.400°N 5.700°W / 52.400; -5.700.

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References[edit]

  • The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War by Donald Collingwood. published by Leo Cooper (1998), ISBN 0-85052-615-9.
  • The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts by Bruce Hampton Franklin, published by Chatham Publishing (1999), ISBN 1-86176-118-X.
  • German U-Boat Losses During World War II by Axel Niestle, published by United States Naval Inst (1998), ISBN 1-55750-641-8.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.