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:||28 September 1943 or 30 October 1943|
|Launched:||25 October 1943 or 5 February 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 7 February 1944 or 25 July 1944|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 22 May 1946|
|Commissioned:||7 February 1944 or 25 July 1944|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 22 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 28 September 1943. Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Sarawak by the British prior to launching and was launched, according to different sources, on either 25 October 1943 or 5 February 1944.
Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on, according to different sources, either 7 February 1944 or 25 July 1944, the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Sarawak (K591) until decommissioned in 1945.
The United Kingdom returned Sarawak to the U.S. Navy on 22 May 1946. She was scrapped in 1947.
- uboat.net HMS Seychelles (K 592)
- Presumably the date of commissioning if Navsource Online: Frigate Photo Archive HMS Sarawak (K 591) ex-Patton ex-PF-87 ex-PG-195's 25 July 1944 delivery date is correct.
- According to uboat.net HMS Sarawak (K 591), Sarawak is not listed as an active unit on the October 1945 Navy List, strongly implying that the Royal Navy decommissioned her sometime earlier that year.