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HMS Stayner (K573)
HMS Stayner (K573)
HMS Stayner at anchor on 11 or 12 June 1944.
Name: unnamed (DE-564)
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 22 September 1943[1]
Launched: 6 November 1943[1]
Completed: 30 December 1943[1]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 30 December 1943[1]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 24 November 1945[1]
Fate: Sold for scrapping 14 November 1947[1]
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Stayner (K573)
Namesake: Sir Richard Stayner, British naval officer who served during the First Anglo-Dutch War of 1652-1654[2]
Acquired: 30 December 1943[1]
Commissioned: 30 December 1943[3]
Decommissioned: 1945
Fate: Returned to United States 24 November 1945[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 K573

HMS Stayner (K573) 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 1943 to 1945.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-564 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 22 September 1943 and launched on 6 November 1943.[1] She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 30 December 1943.[1]

Service history

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Harry John Hall, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR, as the frigate HMS Stayner (K573) on 30 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty.[1][3] On 5 August 1944, she joined the British escort destroyer HMS Wensleydale (L86) in a depth charge attack which sank the German submarine U-671 in the English Channel south of Brighton, England, at 0200 hours at position 50°23′00″N 000°06′00″E / 50.3833333°N 0.1°E / 50.3833333; 0.1 (U-671 sunk).

The Royal Navy decommissioned Stayner later in 1945 and returned her to the U.S. Navy on 24 November 1945.[1]


The United States sold Stayner on 14 November 1947 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 1.12 Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Stayner (DE-564) HMS Stayner (K-573)
  2. Captain Class Frigate Association: HMS Stayner K573 (DE 564)
  3. 3.0 3.1 HMS Stayner (K 573) gives Stayner's commissioning date as 30 January 1944 but also says her first commanding officer took command on the date of her transfer, 30 December 1943. As the normal pattern for Captain-class frigates was for them to be transferred and commissioned simultaneously, it appears that the "30 January 1944" date is a typographical error.

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