HMS Smilax (K280)

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ARA República (P-10).jpg
ARA República (P-10)
United States
Name: USS Tact (PG-98)
Builder: Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Laid down: in 1942 as Tact (PG 98)
Launched: 19 November 1942
Fate: Transferred to the Royal Navy 21 June 1943
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Smilax
Commissioned: 15 July 1942
Decommissioned: 9 October 1945
Struck: 24 October 1945
Identification: Pennant number: K280
Fate: U.S. Navy custody, 18 October 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: Action-class patrol boat
Displacement: 1,375 long tons (1,397 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m)
Propulsion: two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
Speed: 16.5 kn (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Complement: 90

HMS Smilax was originally launched as Tact (PG-98), an Action-class gunboat built for the United States Navy by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

War service[edit]

Tact was launched on 14 November 1942. However, before seeing any service in the United States Navy, the ship was transferred to the United Kingdom under the Lend-Lease program on 21 June 1943 and served the Royal Navy as HMS Smilax until after the end of hostilities in Europe.

Postwar service[edit]

Tact was returned to the United States on 18 October 1946 and sold by the Maritime Commission to the Argentine Navy, where she served as ARA República until her decommissioning in 1966. She saw some action during the 1955 Revolución Libertadora, when the República defended the rebel naval base at Mar del Plata.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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