HMS Perim (K593)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Phillimore (PG-197)
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-89, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 7 October 1943[1]
Renamed: Sierra Leone, 1943
Namesake: Sierra Leone
Renamed: Perim, 1943
Namesake: Perim
Launched: 5 November 1943
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 16 March 1944
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Perim (K593)
Namesake: Perim
Acquired: 16 March 1944
Commissioned: 16 March 1944[1]
Decommissioned: 1945[2]
Fate: Returned to United States 22 May 1946, Scrapped 1947
General characteristics
Class & type: Colony-class frigate/Tacoma-class patrol frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Propulsion: 3 × boilers
2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190
Armament: • 3 × single 3 inch/50 AA guns
• 2 × twin Bofors 40 mm guns
• 9 × single Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 8 × Y gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge racks

HMS Perim (K593), ex-Sierra Leone, was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Phillimore (PF-89) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-197, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Phillimore. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-89, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 7 October 1943.[1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was first renamed Sierra Leone and then Perim by the British prior to launching and was launched on 5 November 1943.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 16 March 1944, the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Perim (K593). Conducting work-ups off Bermuda, she damaged her main bearings during each of her first 13 sea trials before the problem was identified and corrected and she completed trials successfully on her fourteenth try.[1] She then served on patrol and escort duty until decommissioned in 1945.[2]

Disposal[edit]

The United Kingdom returned Perim to the U.S. Navy on 22 May 1946. She was scrapped in 1947.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d uboat.net HMS Perim (K 593)
  2. ^ a b According to uboat.net HMS Perim (K 593), Perim' is not listed as an active unit on the October 1945 Navy List, strongly implying that the Royal Navy decommissioned her sometime earlier that year.
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