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HMS Smilax (K 280)
ex-Tact (PG 98)

Tact call sign:
Nan - George - Fox - George

Tact served the United Kingdom and Argentina.

British Flower Class Corvette/Temptress Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down in 1942 as Tact (PG 98) for the U.S. Navy at Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
  • Launched 19 November 1942
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program 21 June 1943 and commissioned HMS Smilax (K 280)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1946
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 18 October 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold to Argentina in 1948 and renamed ARA República (P 10)
  • Decommissioned in 1961
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,375 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 90
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, one 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
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    Tact 59k c. 1960
    Seen here as ARA República (P 10)
    Robert Hirst

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