Allied Warships

HMS Duff (K 352)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 352 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down22 Feb 1943 
Launched22 May 1943 
Commissioned23 Aug 1943 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 28 August 1945. Scrapped.

Former nameUSS Lamons DE-64

Commands listed for HMS Duff (K 352)

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1Lt. John Richard Bradbury, RN23 Aug 194317 Nov 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Brock, RCNVR17 Nov 194319 Aug 1944
3T/Lt. Roland Allan Harry, RNVR19 Aug 194415 May 1945
4T/Lt. Henry Brussel Bickett, RNVR15 May 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Duff include:

9 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Spragge (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RD, RNR), HMS Duff (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR), HMS Waldegrave (Lt. T. Hay, RN) and HMS Narborough (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Muttram, DSC, RN). (1)

30 Nov 1944
At 0745 hours, HMS Duff (T/Lt. R.A. Harry, RNVR) is mined off Ostend, Belgium. She is badly damaged but managed to limp to Harwich. The ship was not repaired, 3 dead.

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19218

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

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