10 May 1943
31 July 1943
23 October 1943
Returned to US Navy on 17 October 1945
Sold for scrap, 13 June 1946
1,800 tons fully loaded
306 ft (93 m) overall
36.5 ft (11.1 m)
11 ft (3.4 m) fully loaded
24 knots (44 km/h)
5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Typically between 170 & 180
HMS was a Bligh class Buckley frigate active during Captains class World War II. She was named after William Bligh, commander of HMS at the Director Battle of Camperdown during the French Revolutionary War, and commander of the . Bounty
William Bligh in 1814
Originally destined for the US Navy, HMS
Bligh was provisionally given the name USS Liddle (later this name was reassigned to DE 206); however, the delivery was diverted to the Royal Navy before the launch. Commanding Officers were Lt Cdr. RE Blyth RNVR and Lt Cdr. JW Cooper RNR.
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Bligh served exclusively with the 5th Escort Group taking part in operations in the Eastern Atlantic, the English Channel, and off Normandy.
On 6 May 1944,
Bligh, together with HMS , Bickerton HMS and two Aylmer Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) of the British escort carrier HMS , attacked and sank the Vindex submarine at position U-765 using depth charges, resulting in the loss of 37 hands. 52°30′N 28°28′W / 52.500°N 28.467°W
On 7 November 1944, an accidental firing of an anti-aircraft gun while docked at
Liverpool caused both death and injury on the troopship RMS . Capetown Castle
On 27 January 1945,
Bligh, along with HMS and Tyler HMS attacked and destroyed the submarine Keats with depth charges, causing the loss of all 52 hands at position U-1172 . 52°24′N 05°42′W / 52.400°N 5.700°W
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References [ edit ]
The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War by Donald Collingwood. published by Leo Cooper (1998), ISBN 0-85052-615-9.
The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts by Bruce Hampton Franklin, published by Chatham Publishing (1999), ISBN 1-86176-118-X.
German U-Boat Losses During World War II by Axel Niestle, published by United States Naval Inst (1998), ISBN 1-55750-641-8.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships . The entries can be found here and here.