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Formoe (DE 58) / HMS Calder (K.349)


Specifications:
Class: Buckley (lend-lease)
Type: TE (turbine-electric, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4,940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 , 4-Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2-Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 November 1941: Contract Awarded
  • 11 December 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Steel Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 27 March 1943: Launched
  • 15 July 1943: Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS Calder (K.349)
  • 19 October 1945: Returned to USN at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC, NY
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 January 1948: Sold for scrapping
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    HMS Calder 181k 20 January 1943: Hingham, Mass. - DE 58 / HMS Calder (K.349) on the left and Foss (DE 59) on the right. (U.S. National Archives, photo #BS85616). Robert Hurst
    HMS Calder 100k 15 July 1943: Hingham, Mass. - USS Amesbury (DE 66) and USS Lee Fox (DE 65) in the background during the handing over and commissioning ceremony for HMS Calder. (Photo from the private collection of Electrical Artificer Ron Ayers as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood)
    Calder 71k undated wartime image Jim Bryce
    Calder 43k Calder in November 1943. Note she has her torpedo davit on the upper deck, though no tubes were fitted. A good beam shot of a 'Buckley" class destroyer escort. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)" by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    ***Essington / Calder*** 117k Calder and Essington, the first 'Captain' class frigates to be returned to the US Navy after the war, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 20 October 1945. Both had completed refits as Coastal Forces Control Ships for service in the East Indies Fleet before return. Note all Oerlikons aft of the funnel removed; four single Bofors also replaced the four Oerlikons forward of the bridge. All 3" guns on Essington have spray sheilds, and Foxer gear is prominent on the sterns of both ships. Type SA radar at thje masthead of both, and extra depth charge racks can be seen forward of the throwers. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)" by Peter Elliott]
    HMS Calder 105k 19 October 1945: Brooklyn, N.Y. - The crew of HMS Calder paying off at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Photo from the private collection of Electrical Artificer Ron Ayers as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood) Robert Hurst

    History of HMS Calder (K.349) (ex-Formoe DE 58)
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Not Applicable To This Ship


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