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Gillette (DE 270) / HMS Foley (K.474)


Specifications:
Class: Evarts (lend-lease)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1140 tons (light), 1430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' (extreme)
Draft: 11' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 156
HMS Foley (K.474) ex-Gillette (DE 270):
  • Contract Awarded, 25 January 1942
  • Named Gillette 23 February 1942
  • Keel Laid, 7 April 1943 at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston MA
  • Launched, 19 May 1943
  • Allocated to the Royal Navy, 14 June 1943, as HMS Foley (K.474)
  • Christened 8 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Charles T. (Laura K.) Owens
  • Transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Foley (K.474) 8 September 1943, Lcdr. Mansfield, RNVR, in command
  • Returned to USN at Harwich, England on 22 August 1945 and commissioned as USS Foley (DE 270), Lt. S.M. Strauss, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia NSY on 19 October 1945
  • Stricken 1 November 1945
  • Sold for scrapping 19 June 1946
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    HMS Foley 109k HMS Foley 1944 Gary Sharp
    HMS Foley 224k HMS Foley crewmembers, taken at Portsmouth, 1943 Gary Sharp
    HMS Foley 126k HMS Foley crewmembers, 1944 (Gary's Dad, Reg Sharp, is standing, third from right) Gary Sharp
    HMS Foley 108k rear of previous photo, signed by crewmembers Gary Sharp

    View the HMS Foley (K.474), ex-Gillette DE 270, DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

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