HMS Gore (K481)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Herzog.
Not to be confused with HMS Goree.
HMS Gore (K481)
HMS Gore on 11 August 1944.
Name: USS Herzog (DE-277)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Lieutenant, junior grade, William Ralph Herzog (1909-1942), killed in action as commander of the Naval Armed Guard aboard SS Pan New York on 29 October 1942
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 20 May 1943[2]
Launched: 8 July 1943[2]
Completed: 14 October 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 14 October 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 2 May 1946
Fate: Sold 19 November 1946[2] or 10 June 1947[3] for scrapping
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Gore (K481)
Namesake: Admiral John Gore (1772-1836), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Triton from 1796 to 1801
Acquired: 14 October 1943
Commissioned: 14 October 1943[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 2 May 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: 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:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K481

HMS Gore (K481) 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 Herzog (DE-277), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942[1] and laid down as USS Herzog (DE-277), the first ship of the name, by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 May 1943. She was launched on 8 July 1943. The United States transferred her to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 14 October 1943.

Service history[edit]

The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Gore (K481) under the command of Lieutenant John Vivian Reeves-Brown, RN, on 14 October 1943[1] simultaneously with her transfer. She served on patrol and escort duty.

On 26 February 1944, Gore joined the British frigates HMS Affleck (K462) and HMS Gould (K476) in a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-91 in the North Atlantic Ocean at position 49°45′00″N 026°20′00″W / 49.75000°N 26.33333°W / 49.75000; -26.33333 (U-91 sunk).[1]

On 29 February 1944, Gore was operating as part of the First Escort Group when she, Affleck, Gould, and the British frigate HMS Garlies (K475) detected the German submarine U-358 in the North Atlantic north-northeast of the Azores and began a depth-charge attack which continued through the night and into 1 March 1944, the four frigates dropping a combined 104 depth charges. Gore and Garlies were forced to withdraw to Gibraltar to refuel on 1 March, but Affleck and Gould continued to attack U-358. During the afternoon of 1 March, U-358 succeeded in torpedoing and sinking Gould at position 45°46′00″N 023°16′00″W / 45.76667°N 23.26667°W / 45.76667; -23.26667 (HMS Gould (K476) sunk), but then was forced to surface after 38 hours submerged and was sunk by gunfire from Affleck at position 45°46′00″N 023°16′00″W / 45.76667°N 23.26667°W / 45.76667; -23.26667 (U-358 sunk).[1][4]

The Royal Navy returned Gore to the U.S. Navy on 2 May 1946.


The U.S. Navy sold Gore on either 19 November 1946[2] or 10 June 1947[3] (sources vary) for scrapping.


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