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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
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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||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)
Port Angeles, Wash.
||HMS Foley 1944
||HMS Foley crewmembers, taken at Portsmouth, 1943|
||HMS Foley crewmembers, 1944|
(Gary's Dad, Reg Sharp, is standing, third from right)
||rear of previous photo, signed by crewmembers|
View the HMS Foley (K.474), ex-Gillette DE 270, DANFS history entry
on the US Naval Historical Center web site.
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