HMS Domett (K473)

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Name: USS Eisner (DE-269)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Lieutenant, junior grade Jacques Rodney Eisner (1918-1942), killed in action aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38) in the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 7 April 1943[2]
Launched: 19 May 1943[2]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 3 September 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 5 March 1946[2]
Fate: Sold 3 June 1947 for scrapping
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Domett (K473)
Namesake: Admiral Sir William Domett (1752-1828), British naval officer who served as commanding officer of HMS Royal George at the Glorious First of June in 1794[3]
Acquired: 3 September 1943
Commissioned: 3 September 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 K473

HMS Domett (K473) 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 Eisner (DE-269), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was assigned the name USS Eisner, the first ship of the name, on 23 February 1943 and laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-269 by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 7 April 1943.[2] She was launched on 19 May 1943. On 3 September 1943 she was christened by 9-year-old Carol E. Pyne, one of the youngest sponsors in the history of the Boston Navy Yard,[4] and transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease.[2]

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Domett (K473) under the command of Temporary/Acting Lieutenant Commander Stirling Gordon, RNVR, on 3 September 1943[1] simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty. On 29 June 1944 she joined the British frigates Cooke, 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).[1]

The Royal Navy returned Domett to the U.S. Navy on 5 March 1946.[2]


The United States sold Domett on 3 June 1947 for scrapping.


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