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HMS Papua (K 588)

PF-84 call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Yoke - Easy


PF-84 served the Navies of Great Britain and Egypt.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-192
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-84, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Howett
  • Launched 10 October 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Papua (K 588), 25 July 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 April 1946
  • Sold for scrap in April 1947 to Boston Metals of Baltimore, MD
  • Scrapped canceled and resold in 1950 to Khedivial Mail Lines, Alexandria, Egypt and renamed SS Malrouk
  • Acquired by Egyptian government, rearmed and commissioned as Misr
  • Sank after a collision in the Gulf of Suez 17 May 1953.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Three boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts boilers.
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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

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