HMS Somaliland (K594)

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HMS Somaliland (K594)
HMS Somaliland at Greenock, Scotland, on 21 September 1944.
History
United States
Name: USS Popham
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-90, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 11 October 1943[1]
Renamed: Somaliland, 1943
Namesake: British Somaliland
Launched: 11 November 1943
Commissioned: never
Identification: PG-198
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 22 February 1944[1] or 24 July 1944[2]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 22 May 1946
Fate: Scrapped 1947
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Somaliland
Namesake: British Somaliland
Acquired: 22 February 1944[1] or 24 July 1944[2]
Commissioned: 22 February 1944[1] or 24 July 1944[2]
Identification: K594
Fate: Returned to United States 22 May 1946
General characteristics
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)
Propulsion:
  • 3 × boilers
  • 2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190
Armament:

HMS Somaliland (K594) 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 Popham (PF-90) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-198, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a U.S. Navy contract as USS Popham. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-90, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 11 October 1943.[1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Somaliland by the British prior to launching and was launched on 11 November 1943.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on, according to different sources, either 22 February 1944[1] or 24 June 1944,[2] the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Somaliland (K594) on patrol and escort duty.

Disposal[edit]

The United Kingdom returned Somaliland to the U.S. Navy on 22 May 1946. She was scrapped in 1947.

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