HMS Caistor Castle

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History
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Name: HMS Caister Castle
Namesake: Caister Castle, Norfolk
Builder: J. Lewis & Sons Ltd.
Laid down: 28 August 1943
Launched: 22 May 1944
Commissioned: 29 September 1944
Identification: Pennant number: K690
Fate: Scrapped, 1956
General characteristics
Class and type: Castle-class corvette
Displacement: 1,010 tons
Speed: 16.5 knots
Complement: 120
Armament: One 4-inch Quick Firing Mk.XIX gun, ten 20 mm anti-aircraft guns

HMS Caister Castle was a Castle-class corvette of Britain's Royal Navy[1] and was named after Caister Castle in Norfolk.

Background[edit]

Built to be larger, stronger and more adept to Atlantic conditions than the previous Flower-class corvettes, Caistor Castle was laid down at the shipyard of J. Lewis & Sons Ltd. in Aberdeen, Scotland on 28 August 1943. She was launched on 22 May 1944 before being commissioned on 29 September 1944, predominantly serving as a convoy escort in the North Sea and Atlantic until the end of the Second World War.[2]

Operations[edit]

With the end of the war, Caistor Castle deployed as part of the fleet that was sent to secure and transfer the surrendered German submarine fleet at Trondheim in Norway. With duties ended she then participated in the visiting of home port for victory celebrations.[2]

Post WWII[edit]

After the war, Caistor Castle was in reserve at Devonport from 1947 until 1948. She represented the Reserve Fleet at the 1953 Coronation Review[3] and served in the Second Training Squadron at Portland from February 1953 until 1955. She was then placed in reserve at Devonport, until scrapped at Troon in 1956.[4]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1950 1952
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander S C Trethowan RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HMS Caistor Castle (K 690)". uboat.net. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "HMS CAISTER CASTLE (K 690) - Castle-class Corvette including Convoy Escort Movements". www.naval-history.ne. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  4. ^ "Castle Class Corvettes of the Royal Navy including HMS Allington Castle, Alnwick Castle, Amberley Castle, Bamborough Castle, Berkeley Castle, Caistor Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, Knaresborough Castle.". www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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