HMS Launceston Castle (K397)
|Name:||HMS Launceston Castle|
|Builder:||Blyth Shipbuilding and Drydock Company|
|Laid down:||27 May 1943|
|Launched:||27 November 1943|
|Commissioned:||20 June 1944|
|Identification:||pennant number K397|
|Fate:||Scrapped 3 August 1959|
|Class and type:||Castle-class corvette|
HMS Launceston Castle (K397) was a Castle-class corvette of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, named after Launceston Castle in Cornwall. The ship was constructed during the Second World War and saw service primarily as a convoy escort.
In the Second World War she served as a convoy escort. Launceton Castle served in the 30th Escort Group commanded by Denys Rayner RNVR carrying his flag on board HMS Pevensey Castle. Launceston Castle, under the command of Lieut. R.M.Roberts, DSC, RNVR, was the escort member who actually sank the German submarine U-1200 south of Ireland on 11 November 1944, supported by her sister ships Pevensey Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Portchester Castle.
- Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15 June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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