HMS Sarawak (K591)
|Namesake:||British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom|
|Reclassified:||Patrol frigate, PF-87, 15 April 1943|
|Builder:||Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island|
|Laid down:||29 September 1943|
|Launched:||25 October 1943|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom, 7 February 1944|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom, 31 May 1946|
|Commissioned:||7 February 1944|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K591|
|Fate:||Returned to United States, 31 May 1946|
|Class and type:||Colony/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)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
HMS Sarawak (K591) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Patton (PF-87) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.
Construction and acquisition
The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-195, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Patton. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-87, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 29 September 1943.[Note 1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Sarawak by the British  and was launched on 25 October 1943. She was completed on 7 February 1944.
The United Kingdom returned Sarawak to the U.S. Navy on 31 May 1946. She was scrapped in 1947.
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