HMS Cooke (K471)

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United States
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[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 11 March 1943[2]
Launched: 22 April 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. J. A. Dempsey
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 23 August 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 5 March 1946
Fate: Sold 3[1][3] or 10[2][4] June 1947 for scrapping
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Cooke
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[4]
Acquired: 23 August 1943
Commissioned: 23 August 1943[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 5 March 1946[2]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
  • Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
  • GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
  • GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
  • Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
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[edit]

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[2] 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.

Service history[edit]

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[1] simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty. On 29 June 1944 she joined the British frigates Domett, Duckworth, and Essington 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 49°37′00″N 003°41′00″W / 49.61667°N 3.68333°W / 49.61667; -3.68333 (U-988 sunk). 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 49°58′00″N 003°30′00″W / 49.96667°N 3.50000°W / 49.96667; -3.50000 (U-214 sunk).[1]

The Royal Navy returned Cooke to the U.S. Navy on 5 March 1946.


The United States sold Cooke on 3[1][3] or 10[2][4] June 1947 (sources vary) for scrapping.


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