HMS Domett (K473)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Eisner.
Career
Name: USS Eisner (DE-269)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Lieutenant, junior grade Jacques Rodney Eisner (1918-1942), killed in action aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38) in the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 7 April 1943[2]
Launched: 19 May 1943[2]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 3 September 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 5 March 1946[2]
Fate: Sold 3 June 1947 for scrapping
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Domett (K473)
Namesake: Admiral Sir William Domett (1752-1828), British naval officer who served as commanding officer of HMS Royal George at the Glorious First of June in 1794[3]
Acquired: 3 September 1943
Commissioned: 3 September 1943[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 5 March 1946[2]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K473

HMS Domett (K473) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Eisner (DE-269), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was assigned the name USS Eisner, the first ship of the name, on 23 February 1943 and laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-269 by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 7 April 1943.[2] She was launched on 19 May 1943 and transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 3 September 1943.[2]

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Domett (K473) under the command of Temporary/Acting Lieutenant Commander Stirling Gordon, RNVR, on 3 September 1943[1] simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty. On 29 June 1944 she joined the British frigates HMS Cooke (K471), HMS Duckworth (K351), and HMS Essington (K353) and a Royal Air Force Liberator aircraft of No. 244 Squadron in a depth charge attack that sank the German submarine U-988 in the English Channel west of Guernsey at 49°37′00″N 003°41′00″W / 49.61667°N 3.68333°W / 49.61667; -3.68333 (U-988 sunk).[1]

The Royal Navy returned Domett to the U.S. Navy on 5 March 1946.[2]

Disposal[edit]

The United States sold Domett on 3 June 1947 for scrapping.

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