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Rupert (DE 96)
HMS Rupert (K-561)

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 Rupert (K.561) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 31 October 1943: Launched
  • 24 December 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, commissioned as HMS Rupert (K-561) commanded by Lt. Peter Claud Shipton Black, RN
  • 30 March 1945: Joined with HMS Conn (K-509) in a depth charge attack which sank the German submarine U-965 north of Scotland in position 5819′00″N 00531′00″W
  • 20 March 1946: Returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • 17 April 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 June 1946: Sold for scrapping
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    Rupert 272k October 1943: Hingham, Mass. - The future HMS Rupert being launched at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard.

    (Photo #IWM-HU16305)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Rupert 56k date / location unknown: A turbine-electric version of the 'Captain' class frigate underway.

    (from the book "Nelson to Vanguard: Warship Development 1932-1945" by David K Brown, RCNC)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Rupert 56k A Christmas card sent by Neil's Dad, Alf Murphy, when he was a crewmember in HMS Rupert. Neil Murphy

    History of HMS Rupert (K-561), ex-DE-96
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)
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