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HMS Narborough (K578)
Name: unnamed (DE-569)
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 6 October 1943[1]
Launched: 27 November 1943[1]
Completed: 21 January 1944[1]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 21 January 1944[1]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 4 February 1946[1]
Fate: Sold for scrapping 14 December 1946[1]
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Narborough (K578)
Namesake: Rear Admiral Sir John Narborough (ca. 1640-1688), English naval officer who saw action during the Third Anglo-Dutch War of 1672-1674[2]
Acquired: 21 January 1944[3]
Commissioned: 21 January 1944[3]
Fate: Returned to United States 4 February 1946[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36.75 ft (11.2 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Two Foster-Wheeler Express "D"-type water-tube boilers
GE 13,500 shp (10,070 kW) steam turbines and generators (9,200 kW)
Electric motors for 12,000 shp (8,900 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 186
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 K578

The second HMS Narborough (K578)[4] was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-569 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 6 October 1943 and launched on 27 November 1943.[1] She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 21 January 1944.[1]

Service history

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Wilfred Reginald Muttram, DSC, RN, as the frigate HMS Narborough (K578) on 21 January 1944 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War II.[1][3]

The Royal Navy returned Narborough to the U.S. Navy on 4 February 1946.[1]


Narborough was sold on 14 December 1946 for scrapping.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Narbrough (DE-569) HMS Narbrough (K-578)
  2. Captain Class Frigate Association: HMS Narborough K578 (DE 569)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 HMS Narbrough (K 578)
  4. Some sources spell the ship's name Narbrough – see for example Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Narbrough (DE-569) HMS Narbrough (K-578), HMS Narbrough (K 578), and Colledge, J. J., Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy From the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-652-X, p. 237 – although this does not match the spelling of the ship's namesake, John Narborough.

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