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HMS Kildary (BEC 5)
HMS Kildary (Z 05)

PCE-831 served only in the Royal Navy.

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 16 January 1943 as PC-831 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Reclassified as PCE-831 in April 1943
  • Launched 26 June 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 14 September 1943 and commissioned HMS Kildary (Z 05)
  • Reclassified BEC-5
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal in November 1946
  • Returned to U.S. custody in December 1946
  • Sold into Merchant service in 1947 and renamed Rio Vouga
  • Sold in 1979 to a Danish company and renamed Exportrader
  • Scrapped in 1980.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 100
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge projectors (hedgehogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PCE-831 158k c. 1943 Joe Radigan
    PCE-831 79k
    PCE-831 111k
    PCE-831 91k
    PCE-831 70k
    PCE-831 289k c. 1943
    Running trials
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1978
    U.S. Navy photo NH 86713
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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