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Monday, 14 June 2010



Ship No 342

Twin screw “Loch Class” Frigate.

She was a LOCH-Class Frigate originally ordered on 24th July 1942 to be built as a RIVER-Class Frigate to be named NAVER. The order changed for a Twin Screw Fast Frigate during 1943 and she was laid down on 14th September 1943 Launched on 23rd March 1944 and build was completed on 11th August 1944. She was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy (H.M.C.S.LOCH ACHANALT) for Atlantic convoy duty and while working in tandem with H.M.S.Annan she was credited with the sinking of U-1006.

H.M.S. Loch Achanalt was returned to the Royal Navy and was sold to New Zealand in 1947 and renamed. 

Being one of six frigates purchased from the Royal Navy in 1947 by the Royal New Zealand Navy, designated the 11th Flotilla. The six ships were modernised in the United Kingdom, before sailing to New Zealand in groups between 1948 and 1949. Most of the ship's time in the Royal New Zealand Navy was spent in various combinations of training and exercise duties, and as part of the New Zealand commitment to support British interest in the Far East, as well as extended periods spent in reserve. During the Korean War, H.M.N.Z.S. PUKAKI  made an operational deployment to the combat zone in 1950 as part of the United Nations commitment to the conflict. She also deployed to the British nuclear tests at Christmas Island - Operation Grapple - as a weather ship in 1957 to 1958, and later as a combination weather/radar picket/rescue ship during Operation Deep Freeze, operating to the edge of the Antarctic pack ice between 1964 and 1965. She was sold for scrap in 1965.

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