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HMS Loch Morlich (K517)
HMCS Loch Morlich (K517)
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Loch Morlich (K517)
Ordered: 13 February 1943
Builder: Swan Hunter
Laid down: 15 July 1943
Launched: 25 January 1944
Fate: Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy on completion
Career (Canada)
Name: HMCS Loch Morlich (K517)
Commissioned: 17 July 1944
Decommissioned: 20 June 1945

Returned to United Kingdom and reduced to reserve fleet 1945

Sold to New Zealand 1948
Career (New Zealand (RNZN))
Name: HMNZS Tutira (F517)
Commissioned: 1948
Decommissioned: 1961
Fate: Scrapped 1966
General characteristics
Class & type: Loch class frigate
Displacement: 1,435 tons
Length: 286 ft (87 m) p/p
307.25 ft (93.65 m) o/a
Beam: 38.5 ft (11.7 m)
Draught: 8.75 ft (2.67 m) standard
13.25 ft (4.04 m) full

2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts 4-cylinder vertical triple expansion reciprocating engines, 5,500 ihp

or Parsons single reduction geared turbines, 6,500 shp
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 730 tons oil fuel, 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 114

1 x QF 4 inch Mark V on one single mounting HA MkIII** 4 x QF 2 pounder MkVII on 1 quad mount MkVII 4 x 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on 2 twin mounts MkV (or 2 x 40 mm Bofors A/A on 2 single mounts Mk.III) up to 8 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on single mounts MkIII 2 x Squid triple barreled A/S mortars

1 rail and 2 throwers for depth charges

HMS Loch Morlich (K517) was a Loch-class frigate, which was ordered from Swan Hunter on 13 February 1943. She was laid down 15 July 1943 and launched 25 January 1944. Upon completion she was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and served for the remainder of World War II as HMCS Loch Morlich [1]

HMCS Loch Morlich (K517)[]

HMCS Loch Morlich was commissioned 17 July 1944 taking part in convoy defence duties until being decommissioned and returned to the United Kingdom 20 June 1945 where she was reduced to reserve status and laid up in Sheerness, eventually being sold with six other Loch-class frigates in 1948.

HMNZS Tutira (F517)[]

HMNZS Tutira was commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 19 April 1949 serving for two years before being decommissioned in September 1951. She sat laid up in Auckland from 1952 to 1961 and was eventually sold for scrap in 1966 [2]

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