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

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):
  • 25 January 1942: Contract Awarded
  • 23 February 1942: Named Gillette
  • 07 April 1943: Keel Laid at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 19 May 1943: Launched
  • 14 June 1943: Allocated to the Royal Navy, renamed HMS Foley (K.474)
  • 08 September 1943: Christened, sponsored by Mrs. Charles T. (Laura K.) Owens; transferred to Royal Navy and commissioned, Lcdr. Mansfield, RNVR, in command
  • 22 August 1945: Returned to USN at Harwich, England and commissioned as USS Foley (DE 270), Lt. S. M. Strauss, USNR, in command
  • 19 October 1945: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 01 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 June 1946: Sold for scrapping
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    HMS Foley
    59k With the main body of the convoy in the background, the HMS Foley (K.474) is underway on escort duty in the Atlantic. The photo is undated and wartime censors have erased the ship's hull number for security purposes.
    (Royal Navy photo # A 24868 from the Admiralty Official Collection of the Imperial War Museum)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    HMS Foley
    109k HMS Foley 1944 Gary Sharp
    HMS Foley
    224k HMS Foley crewmembers, taken at Portsmouth, 1943
    HMS Foley
    126k HMS Foley crewmembers, 1944
    (Gary's Dad, Reg Sharp, is standing, third from right)
    HMS Foley
    108k rear of previous photo, signed by crewmembers

    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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