HMS Redmill (K554)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Redmill.
Career
Name: unnamed (DE-89)
Ordered: 10 January 1942[1]
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 14 July 1943
Launched: 2 October 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. James E. Hamilton
Completed: 30 November 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 30 November 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 20 January 1947
Fate: Sold for scrapping 30 January 1947[2] or 4 February 1947[3]
Struck: 7 February 1947
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Redmill (K554)
Namesake: Captain Robert Redmill (ca. 1765-1819), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Polyphemus during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805[4]
Acquired: 30 November 1943
Commissioned: 30 November 1943
Fate: Constructive total loss after 27 April 1945[1]
Returned to United States 20 January 1947 [3]
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 antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K554

The second HMS Redmill (K554), and first ship to see service under the name, was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-89 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 14 July 1943 and launched on 2 October 1943, sponsored by Mrs. James E. Hamilton, the wife of Captain James E. Hamilton of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships. The ship was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 30 November 1943.

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as the frigate HMS Redmill (K554) on 30 November 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty. On 27 March 1945 she joined the British frigates HMS Byron (K508) and HMS Fitzroy (K553) in a depth charge attack which sank the German submarine U-722 in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Hebrides at 57°09′00″N 006°55′00″W / 57.15000°N 6.91667°W / 57.15000; -6.91667 (Submarine U-722 sunk).[1]

On 27 April 1945, the German submarine U-1105 detected three British frigates in the North Atlantic 25 nautical miles (46 km) west of County Mayo, Ireland, and fired two G7es – known to the Allies as "GNAT" – torpedos at them. Fifty seconds later, the first torpedo struck Redmill at 54°23′00″N 010°36′00″W / 54.38333°N 10.60000°W / 54.38333; -10.60000 (Redmill torpedoed), followed a few seconds later by the second, together blowing 60 feet (over 18 meters) of her stern off. U-1105 evaded counterattack. Assisted by the British frigate HMS Rupert (K561), Redmill managed to remain afloat and was towed to Lisahally, Northern Ireland.[1][5]

Found to be beyond economical repair, Redmill was declared a constructive total loss. The Royal Navy returned her hulk to U.S. custody on 20 January 1947.[3]

Disposal[edit]

The United States sold Redmill on either 30 January 1947[2] or 4 February 1947[3] (sources vary) to the Athens Piraeus Electricity Company, Ltd., of Athens, Greece, for scrapping. The U.S. Navy struck Redmill from its Naval Vessel Register on 7 February 1947.[3]

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