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HMS Nyasaland (K 587)

PF-83 call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Zebra - Victor


PF-83 served only in the Royal Navy.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-191
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-83, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Hoste
  • Renamed Nyasaland and launched 6 October 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Nyasaland (K 587), 31 July 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 April 1946
  • Sold for scrap 10 November 1947 to Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp steam engines, two shafts.
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    PF-83 & PF-84 462k 25 February 1944
    PF-83 and PF-84 under construction
    Photo from Walsh-Kaiser Company Inc. Report No.11, February 29, 1944, Progress of Construction of 21 S2-S2-AQ1 Frigates
    Paul Silverstone
    HMS Nyasaland (K 587)
    PF-83 196k Photo by R. Perkins Paul Silverstone

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