HMS Essington (K 353)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1943|
|Launched||19 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||7 Sep 1943|
Assigned penant number DE 67 but had not been named.
Returned to the USN on 19 October 1945. Stricken on 5 December 1945 and scrapped.
Commands listed for HMS Essington (K 353)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Lambert, RNVR||7 Sep 1943||29 Sep 1944|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Stanley Arthur Lampard, RNVR||29 Sep 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Essington include:
8 Feb 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. L.T. Sly, RD, RNR), HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR) and other ships from the 3rd Escort Group. (1)
30 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-441 was sunk in the English Channel west of Guernsey, in position 49°37'N, 03°41'W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (224 Sqn RAF/L) and the British frigates HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR).
14 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-618 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay south-west of Lorient, in position 47°22'N, 04°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth and HMS Essington and from a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/G).
- ADM 173/18851
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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