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HMS Stockham (K562)
HMS Stockham (K562)
HMS Stockham anchored at Greenock, Scotland, on 21 March 1944.
Name: unnamed (DE-97)
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 25 August 1943
Launched: 31 October 1943
Completed: 28 December 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 28 December 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 31 January 1946
Struck: 12 March 1946
Fate: Scrapping completed 15 June 1948
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Stockham (K572)
Namesake: Captain John Stockham (1765–1814), British naval officer who was the commanding officer of HMS Thunderer at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
Acquired: 28 December 1943
Commissioned: 28 December 1943
Fate: Returned to United States 31 January 1946
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 K562

HMS Stockham (K562) 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 1946.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-97 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 25 August 1943 and launched on 31 October 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 28 December 1943.

Service history

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Temporary/Acting Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Charles Hamilton, RNR,[1] as the frigate HMS Stockham (K562) on 28 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty in the English Channel for the remainder of World War II. She also participated in the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

The Royal Navy returned Stockham to the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 31 January 1946.


The U.S. Navy received authorization on 21 February 1946 to dispose of Stockham and struck her from its Naval Vessel Register on 12 March 1946. She was sold to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Virginia, for scrapping, which was completed on 15 June 1948.


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