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HMS Bullen (K469)
Laid down: 17 May 1943
Launched: 7 August 1943
Commissioned: 25 October 1943
Fate: Sunk on 6 December 1944 by U-775
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,800 tons fully loaded
Length: 306 ft (93 m) overall
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.1 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m) fully loaded
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Endurance: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 168

HMS Bullen was a Buckley class Captain class frigate during World War II. Named after Captain Charles Bullen of HMS Britannia at the battle of Trafalgar.

The Commanding Officer was Lt Cdr A.H. Parrish RN.


The submarine U-775 torpedoed and sunk HMS Bullen, the torpedo struck HMS Bullen midships. This incident happened at position 58°30′N 05°03′W / 58.5°N 5.05°W / 58.5; -5.05 northwest of Strathy Point, Scotland on 6 December 1944. Of the crew of HMS Bullen 71 died and 97 survived. The wrecksite is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

General information

  • Pennant (UK): K 469
  • Pennant (US): DE 78
  • Built by: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

External links


  • The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War by Donald Collingwood. published by Leo Cooper (1998), ISBN 0-85052-615-9.
  • The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts by Bruce Hampton Franklin, published by Chatham Publishing (1999), ISBN 1-86176-118-X.
  • German U-Boat Losses During World War II by Axel Niestle, published by United States Naval Inst (1998), ISBN 1-55750-641-8.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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