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Conn (DE 80) / HMS Conn (K.509)

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
HMS Conn (K.509) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 June 1943: Keel laid at Bethlehem Steel Hingham, Hingham, Mass.
  • 21 August 1943: Launched
  • 15 July 1943: Transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Conn (K.509)
  • 26 November 1945: Returned to USN
  • 03 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 21 January 1948: Sold for scrapping
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    HMS Conn 55k 11 April 1945: Belfast, Northern Ireland - HMS Conn (K.509) Senior Officer's Ship of the 21st Escort Group, coming into berth at Belfast flying the Group's Jolly Roger flag indicating success after sinking three German U-Boats and a possible fourth. (Photo A.28197 by Lt. C. H. Parnall, Royal Navy photographer. Photo from the collections of the Imperial War Museums) Nick Tiberio
    HMS Conn 79k HMS Conn (K.509), the frigate in which Gordon's Dad served Gordon Simmonds
    HMS Conn 100k undated wartime image: The crewmen from all the frigates of the 21st Escort Group with their Jolly Roger on board HMS Conn after returning from a patrol in which they sank three U-boats and a possible fourth. The crossed scalpels at the bottom indicate two surgical operations performed at sea during patrols. (Imperial War Museum photo #A.28198, from the book "U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts", by Gordon Williamson.) Robert Hurst

    History of HMS Conn (K.509), ex-DE 80
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)

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