|HMS Hargood (K582)|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||27 October 1943|
|Renamed:||USS Hargood (DE-573) 1943|
|Namesake:||British name assigned in anticipation of transfer to United Kingdom|
|Launched:||18 December 1943|
|Completed:||7 February 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 7 February 1944|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 23 February 1946|
|Struck:||12 April 1946|
|Fate:||Removed for scrapping 7 March 1947|
HMS Hargood (K582) was a Captain-class frigate of the Buckley class of destroyer escort, originally intended for the United States Navy. Before she was finished in 1944, she was transferred to the Royal Navy under the terms of Lend-Lease, and was in commission from 1944 to 1946, seeing service during World War II.
Construction and transfer
The still-unnamed ship was laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-573 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1943. Allocated to the United Kingdom, she received the British name Hargood and was launched on 18 December 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 7 February 1944.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Hargood (K582) on 7 February 1944 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean and off the Normandy beachhead during the invasion of Normandy. The Royal Navy returned her to the U.S. Navy on 23 February 1946.
The U.S. Navy struck Hargood from its Naval Vessel Register on 12 April 1946. She was sold to the Northern Metal Company of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for scrapping, and was removed for scrapping on 7 March 1947.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive DE-573 HMS Hargood (K-582)
- uboat.net HMS Hargood (K582)
- Destroyer Escort Sailors Association DEs for UK
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