Captain class frigate

Captain class frigate

Post war

At the end of World War II most of the surviving Captains were returned to the US Navy as quickly as possible to reduce the amount payable under the provisions of the Lend-Lease agreement. The last of the Captains to be returned to the United States was HMS "Hotham", which in the post-war period served as a floating power station in Singapore until early 1948 when she sailed for Portsmouth, becoming the base for a Royal Navy Engineering research team which was experimenting with gas turbine engines. [cite book | last=Donald | title=The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War | pages=pp146-147] HMS "Hotham" was returned to the US on April 25 1952 and simultaneously transferred back to the United Kingdom under the Mutual Defence Assistance Program.cite web|title=Hotham |work=Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships | url= |publisher=The Naval Historical Foundation | accessdate=2007-08-22] The partially-stripped vessel was later returned to United States custody in February 1956.


On April 17, 2005 a memorial to the Captains and those that served and those that made the supreme sacrifice on them was dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, Staffordshire.

ee also

* List of destroyer escorts of the United States Navy
* List of frigate classes of the Royal Navy



*Franklin, Bruce Hampton. "The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts" Chatham Publishing, (1999). ISBN 086176118X.
*Collingwood, Donald. "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" Leo Cooper, (1998). ISBN 085052 615 9.
*Lenton, H T. "British and Empire Warships of the Second World War" Greenhill Books / Naval Institute Press, (1998). ISBN 1 85367 277 7.
*Lenton, H T. "British Escort Ships" Macdonald and Jane's, (1974). ISBN 0 356 08062 5.
*Niestle, Axel. "German U-Boat Losses During World War II" United States Naval Inst, (1998). ISBN 1557506418.
*Ould, Vic. "Last but not least" Arcturus Press, (2004). ISBN 0 907322 93 X.
*Ruegg, Bob and Hague, Arnold. "Convoys to Russia 1941-1945" World Ship Society, (1993). ISBN 0 905617 66 5.
*Elliott, Peter "The Lend-Lease Captains". Warship International No.3 1972: N3/72:255. §N1/73:5.

External links

* [] Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA).
* [] USS Slater, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum.
* [] the Captain Class Frigates Association.
* [] - Allied Warships - Captain class Frigates
* [] The National Memorial Arboretum

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