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HMS Somaliland (K 594)
ex-Popham
ex-PF-90



PF-90 call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Yoke - Love

ex-PG-198


PF-90 served only in the Royal Navy.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-198
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-90 in 1943
  • Laid down in 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Popham
  • Launched 11 November 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britian 24 June 1944 as HMS Somaliland (K 594)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 22 May 1946
  • Scrapped in January 1947.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 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 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp Valley Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Popham 92k Original photo: 21 September 1944
    Greenock, Scotland
    Imperial War Museum photo by Lt. R.G.G. Coote, Royal Navy from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Replacement photo: 21 September 1944
    Off Greenock, Scotland
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Coote, R.G.G. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 25717)
    Original photo: Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    Popham 39k . Robert Hurst

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