HMS Dominica (K507)

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HMS Dominica (K507) IWM A 25639.jpg
HMS Dominica in February 1944
United States
Name: Harman (PG-187)
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-79, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 27 July 1943[1]
Renamed: Dominica, 1943
Namesake: Dominica
Launched: 14 September 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Andrew D. Manchester
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 25 January 1944
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 23 April 1946
Fate: Sold 27 March 1947 for scrapping
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dominica (K507)
Namesake: Dominica
Acquired: 25 January 1944
Commissioned: 25 January 1944
Decommissioned: 1945[2]
Fate: Returned to United States, 23 April 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: Colony-class frigate/Tacoma-class patrol frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
  • 3 × boilers
  • 2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190

The fourth HMS Dominica (K507) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom which served in the Royal Navy during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Harman (PF-79) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-187, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Harman. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-79, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 27 July 1943.[1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Dominica by the British prior to launching and was launched on 14 September 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Andrew D. Manchester.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 25 January 1944, the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Dominica (K507) on patrol and escort duty until 1945.[2]


The United Kingdom returned Dominica to the U.S. Navy on 23 April 1946. She was sold to the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania, on 27 March 1947 for scrapping.


  1. ^ a b HMS Dominica (K 507)
  2. ^ a b According to HMS Dominica (K 507), Dominica is not listed as an active unit on the October 1945 Navy List, strongly implying that the Royal Navy decommissioned her sometime earlier that year.

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