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Oswald (DE-71)
HMS Affleck (K.462)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease), Royal Navy - Captain Class
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (max draft)
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 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
HMS Affleck (K.462) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 February 1943: The name Oswald assigned to DE 71, when the ship was designated for England, the name Oswald was reassigned to DE 767
  • 05 April 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Steel Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 30 June 1943: Launched
  • 29 September 1943: Transferred to Great Britain under lend lease, renamed HMS Affleck
  • 26 December 1944: Torpedoed by U-486 off Cherbourg, France
  • 17 September 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • Written off as a total loss, Affleck's hulk was raised, repaired, and returned to U.S. Navy custody in England
  • 24 January 1947: Sold into merchant service as Nostra Senora De La Luz into 1954
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    HMS Affleck 69k undated wartime image of Affleck (Photo by Wright & Logan] Tim Rizzuto
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    USS Slater (DE 765) Memorial
    HMS Affleck 91k 30 April 1944 David Girt
    HMS Affleck 69k The Captain-class frigate HMS Affleck (K.462) coming alongside at Belfast, NI., after she and other members of the 1st Escort Group (HMS Gore, HMS Gould, and HMS Garlies) destroyed two German U-Boats in the Atlantic. (Royal Navy photo # A22696 taken by Lt. C.H. Parnell, Royal Navy photographer; from the collections of the Imperial War Museum) Robert Hurst
    HMS Affleck 55k HMS Affleck tied-up dockside at Barrow, England, after the war. She was another victim of the T5 German Naval Acoustic Torpedo (GNAT). (Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons & Tactics in World War Two, by David K. Brown)

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