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HMS Keats (K482)
Name: USS Tisdale (DE-278)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Commander Ryland Dillard Tisdale (1894-1942), killed in action during combat with the Moros on Mindanao on 23 May 1942
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 5 June 1943
Launched: 17 July 1943[2]
Completed: 19 October 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 19 October 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 27 February 1946
Struck: 20 March 1946
Fate: Sold 19 November 1946 for scrapping
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Keats (K482)
Namesake: Admiral Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Superb from 1801 to 1807[3]
Acquired: 19 October 1943
Commissioned: 19 October 1943[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 27 February 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K482

HMS Keats (K482) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Tisdale (DE-278), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Construction and transfer

The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942[1] and laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 June 1943 as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Tisdale (DE-273), the first ship of the name. She was launched on 17 July 1943.[2] The United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 19 October 1943.

Service history

The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Keats (K482) under the command of Temporary/Acting Lieutenant Commander Neil Frederick Israel, RNR, on 19 October 1943[1] simultaneously with her transfer. She served on patrol and escort duty. On 27 January 1945, Keats shared credit with the British frigates HMS Bligh (K467) and HMS Tyler (K576) for a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-1172 in the St George's Channel at position 52°24′00″N 005°42′00″W / 52.4°N 5.7°W / 52.4; -5.7 (U-1172 sunk).[1] On 15 April 1945, she joined the British frigate HMS Grindall (K477) in a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-285 in the North Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland at position 50°13′00″N 012°48′00″W / 50.2166667°N 12.8°W / 50.2166667; -12.8 (U-258 sunk).[1]

The Royal Navy returned Keats to the U.S. Navy on 27 February 1946.


The U.S. Navy struck Keats from its Naval Vessel Register on 20 March 1946 and sold her on 19 November 1946 to George H. Nutman, Inc., of Brooklyn, New York, for scrapping.[2]


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