Allied Warships

HMS Nene (K 270)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 270 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered24 Jan 1942 
Laid down20 Jun 1942 
Launched9 Dec 1942 
Commissioned8 Apr 1943 
End service4 Jun 1944 

Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 4 June 1944.
Returned to the Royal Navy on 11 June 1945.
Scrapped in August 1955.

Career notesTo the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Nene

Commands listed for HMS Nene (K 270)

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1Cdr. John Dudley Birch, RD, RNR28 Jan 19436 Mar 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Reginald Frederick James Maberley, RNVR6 Mar 194428 Mar 1944

3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Horace Vivian Patrick Bates, RNR8 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Nene include:

24 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR), HMCS Calgary (T/Lt. H.K. Hill, RCNVR) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (1)

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

20 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-536 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43°50'N, 19°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR) and HMCS Calgary (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.K. Hill, RCNVR).

24 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR) and HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR). (2)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR), HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR) and ships from the 6th Escort Group. (3)

24 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-257 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in approximate position 47°19'N, 26°00'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RNR).


  1. ADM 173/17795
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/18851

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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