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HMS Holmes (K.581)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease), Royal Navy - Captain Class
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (max draft)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4.940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
HMS Holmes (K.581) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 October 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 18 December 1943: Launched
  • 31 January 1944: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, named HMS Holmes (K.581)
  • 07 February 1946: Returned to U.S. Navy custody; struck from the NVR
  • .. October 1947: Sold for scrapping to the Walter H. Wilms & Co., Detroit, Mich.
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    HMS Holmes 88k HMS Holmes dressed over all with flags for her commissioning.

    (Photo from the private collection of Lieutenant Bill Wood, RANVR, as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    HMS Holmes 67k The 'Captain' class frigate Holmes at her assembly point before the Normandy invasion, in 1944. Her camouflage was of the Channel pattern at that time, and she had a bowchaser pom-pom without a spray shield. H/F D/F was fitted at the mast head, with Type 42 interrogator below. Single Oerlikons have been added in lieu of the 40mm gun not fitted aft.

    [Imperial War Museum photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn. /
    Edib Krlicbegovic
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    HMS Holmes 147k Sub Lieutenant Anthony Large, BEM, South African Naval Force (Volunteers), of Durban, South Africa, taking a bearing on the ship's compass on board HMS Holmes (K581) whilst she was helping to guard the Allied supply lines to and from the Normandy beachhead. He won his British Empire Medal as a rating.

    (Photo #A 24208, by Lt. M. H. A. McNeill, Royal Navy official photographer, from the collections of the Imperial War Museum)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    HMS Holmes 80k A painting of HMS Holmes (ex-DE-572), a Nore Command frigate. This picture is reproduced from a painting in the possesion of Mrs. Wood, whose late husband, Lieutenant Bill Wood, RANVR, was her First Lieutenant. Note the 2 pdr pom-pom bowchaser fitted to all CFCF's (Coastal Forces Command Frigate) for use against E-boats.

    View the HMS Holmes K.581 (ex-DE 572) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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