HMS Keats (K482)
|Name:||USS Tisdale (DE-278)|
|Namesake:||U.S. Navy Commander Ryland Dillard Tisdale (1894-1942), killed in action during combat with the Moros on Mindanao on 23 May 1942|
|Ordered:||25 January 1942|
|Builder:||Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||5 June 1943|
|Launched:||17 July 1943|
|Completed:||19 October 1943|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 19 October 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 27 February 1946|
|Struck:||20 March 1946|
|Fate:||Sold 19 November 1946 for scrapping|
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Class and type:||Captain class frigate|
|Name:||HMS Keats (K482)|
|Namesake:||Admiral Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Superb from 1801 to 1807|
|Acquired:||19 October 1943|
|Commissioned:||19 October 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 27 February 1946|
|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)
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|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
QF 2 pounder naval gun
|Notes:||Pennant number K482|
HMS Keats (K482) 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 Tisdale (DE-278), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Construction and transfer
The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942 and laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 June 1943 as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Tisdale (DE-273), the first ship of the name. She was launched on 17 July 1943. The United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 19 October 1943.
The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Keats (K482) under the command of Temporary/Acting Lieutenant Commander Neil Frederick Israel, RNR, on 19 October 1943 simultaneously with her transfer. She served on patrol and escort duty.
On 27 January 1945, Keats shared credit with the British frigates HMS Bligh (K467) and HMS Tyler (K576) for a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-1172 in the St George's Channel at position . On 15 April 1945, she joined the British frigate HMS Grindall (K477) in a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-285 in the North Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland at position .
The Royal Navy returned Keats to the U.S. Navy on 27 February 1946.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Tisdale (DE-278) HMS Keats (K-482)
- uboat.net HMS Keats (K 482)
- Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Keats K482 (DE 278)