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HMS Somaliland (K 594)

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


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 Britain 24 June 1944 as HMS Somaliland (K 594)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 22 May 1946
  • Scrapped in January 1947.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 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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    Popham 22k

    Somaliland, officially the Republic of Somaliland, is a self-declared country, internationally considered to be part of Somalia. The government of the de facto state of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to the former British Somaliland protectorate

    Tommy Trampp
    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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