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Harmon (DE 72)
HMS Aylmer (K.463)

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 Aylmer (K.463) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 April 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.
  • 18 May 1943: Assigned the name Harmon
  • 10 June 1943: Assigned to the United Kingdom under lend-lease
  • 23 June 1943: The name Harmon was reassigned to DE 678
  • 10 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. M. Mackay
  • 30 September 1943: Transferred to the Royal Navy, renamed HMS Aylmer (K.463)
  • 5 November 1945: Returned to the custody of the U.S. Navy at the New York Navy Yard
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 June 1947: Sold for scrapping to Mr. John J. Witto, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • February 1948: Removed from U.S. Navy custody, scrapped
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    Aylmer 75k February 1945: on the River Mersey - heading for Liverpool Jim Bryce
    Aylmer 68k The Captain-class frigate HMS Aylmer (K-463) tied-up at Clarence Graving Dock, Liverpool. The ship's company on the fo'c'sle show their satisfaction after she and other ships of the 4th Escort Group had depth charged, shelled, rammed and sunk a U-Boat. Note the damaged stem caused by the ship ramming the U-Boat. (Royal Navy photo # A27205 taken by Lt. C.H. Parnell, Royal Navy photographer; from the collections of the Imperial War Museum) Robert Hurst
    Aylmer 75k undated: in drydock at Holyhead after ramming U-1051 on 26 January 1945
    HMS Aylmer 46k HMS Aylmer tied up to mooring buoy, date and location unknown. (Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons & Tactics in World War Two, by David K. Brown)
    HMS Aylmer 62k HMS Aylmer underway date and location unknown. (Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons & Tactics in World War Two, by David K. Brown)
    Aylmer 192k undated: The crew of HMS Aylmer, taken by R. Clements Little, Photographer, of 12 High Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 5th Escort Group were based at HMS Caroline (the name of the Belfast Royal Navy establishment). This photograph was owned by my father, Edward James O'Grady, Stoker First Class, and was on display in our home on the Scilly Isles from 1946 until he passed away in 1992. He was not in the photo having been obscured by an insert because he had his cap on the back of his head and the Captain ordered him to be covered up. I have Photoshopped him back into the picture with his cap on correctly (far right under the two insert photos.). Vincent O'Grady
    Melbourne, Australia
    Aylmer 83k undated wartime image of Aylmer (Photo by Wright & Logan] Tim Rizzuto
    Executive Director
    USS Slater (DE 765) Memorial

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