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HMS Zanzibar (K 596)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Victor - Zebra


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-200
  • Reclassified as Patrol Frigate, PF-92, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 20 October 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 Prowse
  • Launched 21 November 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Zanzibar (K-596), 21 June 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 21 May 1946 at Brooklyn, NY
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 October 1946
  • Sold for scrap 17 June 1947.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Three boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts.
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    PF-92, PF-88, PF-85, PF-87 & PF-91 355k 25 February 1944
    PF-92, PF-88, PF-85, PF-87 and PF-91 under construction
    Photo from Walsh-Kaiser Company Inc. Report No.11, February 29, 1944, Progress of Construction of 21 S2-S2-AQ1 Frigates
    Paul Silverstone
    PF-92/Zanzibar 202k

    A former British protectorate located off the east coast of Africa and comprised of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands. It became a sultanate on 10 December 1963 and attained independence on 12 January 1964, uniting with Tanganyika the same year to form Tanzania

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 6 September 2020

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