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HMS Kilmelford (BEC 13)

PCE-839 was transferred to Great Britain.

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 13 May 1943 as PCE-839 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 23 October 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britian and commissioned HMS Kilmelford (BEC 13) 8 December 1943
  • Reclassified Z-13
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal in November 1946
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody in December 1946
  • Sold to Greece in 1949 and renamed Aghios Spyridon
  • Renamed St. Matthew in 1971
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 hedgehogs
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01T/Lt. Henry Brown, RNR8 December 1943 - August 1944
    02T/Lt. Noel Thomas Chetwood, RNVRAugust 1944 - December 1944
    03Lt. Wilfred Harold, RNZNVRDecember 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-839
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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