HMS Retalick (K555)
|Ordered:||10 January 1942|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||21 July 1943|
|Launched:||9 October 1943|
|Completed:||8 December 1943|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 8 December 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 25 October 1945|
|Struck:||19 December 1945|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 7 May 1946|
|Class and type:||Captain-class frigate|
|Name:||HMS Retalick (K555)|
|Namesake:||Captain Richard Retalick ( ? - 1803), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Defiance during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801|
|Acquired:||8 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||8 December 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 25 October 1945|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36.75 ft (11.2 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Notes:||Pennant number K555|
HMS Retalick (K555) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.
Construction and transfer
The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-90 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 21 July 1943 and launched on 9 October 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 8 December 1943.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant John Studholme Brownrigg, RN, as the frigate HMS Retalick (K555) on 8 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War II.
The Royal Navy returned Retalick to the U.S. Navy on 25 October 1945.
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