HMS Seychelles (K592)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Pearl.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Pearl (PG-196)
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-88, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 28 September 1943[1] or 30 October 1943[2]
Renamed: Seychelles, 1943
Namesake: Seychelles
Launched: 30 October 1943[1] or 12 February 1944[2]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 12 February 1944[1] or 27 June 1944[2]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom June 1946
Fate: Scrapped 1947
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Seychelles (K592)
Namesake: Seychelles
Acquired: 12 February 1944[1] or 27 June 1944[2]
Commissioned: 12 February 1944[1] or 27 June 1944[2]
Fate: Returned to United States June 1946
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 40 mm guns
• 9 × single 20 mm
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 8 × Y gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge racks

HMS Seychelles (K592) 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 Pearl (PF-88) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-196, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Pearl. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-88, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on, according to different sources, either 28 September 1943[1] or 30 October 1943[2] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Seychelles by the British prior to launching and was launched on either 30 October 1943[1] or 12 February 1944,[2] according to different sources.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on, according to different sources, either 12 February 1944[1] or 27 June 1944,[2] the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Seychelles (K592) on patrol and escort duty.

Disposal[edit]

The United Kingdom returned Seychelles to the U.S. Navy in June 1946. She was scrapped in 1947.

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