HMS Cooke (K471)
|Name:||USS Dempsey (DE-267)|
|Namesake:||U.S. Navy Lieutenant, junior grade Richard John Dempsey (1919-1942), killed in action aboard the heavy cruiser USS Vincennes (CA-44) when she was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island|
|Ordered:||25 January 1942|
|Builder:||Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||11 March 1943|
|Launched:||22 April 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. J. A. Dempsey|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 23 August 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 5 March 1946|
|Fate:||Sold 3 or 10 June 1947 for scrapping|
|Class and type:||Captain class frigate|
|Namesake:||Captain John Cooke (c. 1762-1805), British naval officer killed in action as commanding officer of HMS Bellerophon at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805|
|Acquired:||23 August 1943|
|Commissioned:||23 August 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 5 March 1946|
|Length:||289.5 ft (88.2 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Notes:||Pennant number K471|
HMS Cooke (K471) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Dempsey (DE-267), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Construction and transfer
The ship was laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Dempsey (DE-267), the first ship of the name, by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 11 March 1943 and launched on 22 April 1943, sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, mother of the late Lieutenant, junior grade Richard John Dempsey (1919-1942), for whom the ship was named. Dempsey was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 23 August 1943.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Cooke (K471) under the command of Lieutenant Commander Leonard Charles Hill, OBE, RNR, on 23 August 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty. On 29 June 1944 she joined the British frigates HMS Domett (K473), HMS Duckworth (K351), and HMS Essington (K353) and a Royal Air Force Liberator aircraft of No. 244 Squadron in a depth charge attack that sank the German submarine U-988 in the English Channel west of Guernsey at . On 26 July 1944, she sank the German submarine U-214 with depth charges in the English Channel southeast of the Eddystone Rocks in position .
The Royal Navy returned Cooke to the U.S. Navy on 5 March 1946.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive DE-267 Dempsey HMS Cooke (K-471)
- uboat.net HMS Cooke (K 471)
- Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Cooke K471 (DE 267)