HMS Hargood (K582)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Hargood and USS Hargood.
Name: unnamed (DE-573)
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 27 October 1943
Renamed: USS Hargood (DE-573) 1943
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of transfer to United Kingdom
Launched: 18 December 1943
Completed: 7 February 1944
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 7 February 1944
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 23 February 1946
Struck: 12 April 1946
Fate: Removed for scrapping 7 March 1947
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Hargood (K582)
Namesake: Admiral Sir William Hargood (1762-1839), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Belleisle at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805[1]
Acquired: 7 February 1944
Commissioned: 7 February 1944[2]
Fate: Returned to U.S. Navy 23 February 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36.75 ft (11.2 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Two Foster-Wheeler Express "D"-type water-tube boilers
GE 13,500 shp (10,070 kW) steam turbines and generators (9,200 kW)
Electric motors for 12,000 shp (8,900 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 186
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 A/S projector
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K582

HMS Hargood (K582) was a Captain-class frigate of the Buckley class of destroyer escort, originally intended for the United States Navy. Before she was finished in 1944, she was transferred to the Royal Navy under the terms of Lend-Lease, and was in commission from 1944 to 1946, seeing service during World War II.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The still-unnamed ship was laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-573 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1943. Allocated to the United Kingdom, she received the British name Hargood and was launched on 18 December 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 7 February 1944.

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Hargood (K582) on 7 February 1944 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean and off the Normandy beachhead during the invasion of Normandy. The Royal Navy returned her to the U.S. Navy on 23 February 1946.


The U.S. Navy struck Hargood from its Naval Vessel Register on 12 April 1946. She was sold to the Northern Metal Company of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for scrapping, and was removed for scrapping on 7 March 1947.


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