HMS Riou (K557)
|Ordered:||10 January 1942|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||4 August 1943|
|Launched:||23 October 1943|
|Completed:||14 December 1943|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 14 December 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 25 February 1946|
|Struck:||28 March 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 21 April 1947|
|Class and type:||Captain-class frigate|
|Name:||HMS Riou (K557)|
|Namesake:||Captain Edward Riou (1762-1801), British naval officer who was killed in action as commanding officer of HMS Amazon during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801|
|Acquired:||14 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||14 December 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 25 February 1946|
|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 K557|
HMS Riou (K557) 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-92 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 4 August 1943 and launched on 23 October 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 14 December 1943.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as the frigate HMS Riou (K557) on 14 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 Riou to the U.S. Navy on 25 February 1946.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Riou (DE-92) HMS Riou (K-557)
- uboat.net HMS Riou (K 557)
- Destroyer Escort Sailors Association DEs for UK
- Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Riou K557 (DE 92)