segunda-feira, 4 de outubro de 2010


"Ex USS WICKES (Type B - CALDWELL Class) built by Bath Iron Works, Maine. The ship was laid down on 26th June 1917 and launched on 25th June 19l8. Commissioned on 31st July 1918 for service with the US Navy she was held in Reserve in 1939- The ship was transferred to the RN under the UK/US Lend/ Lease Agreement on 3rd September 1940 and commissioned as HMS MONTGOMERY at Halifax, Canada on 23rd October 1940. The name is which is common to a town in Alabama, USA and one in Wales had not previously been used for an RN ship. In March 1942 after a successful "WARSHIP WEEK" campaign for National Savings she appropriately was adopted by the civil community of the county of Montgomeryshire."

December 1943 -  Nominated for return to RN service based in UK.

(Note : Ex US Navy TOWN Class destroyer were being taken out of

operational use as new construction Escorts (eg CAPTAIN

Class Frigates being built in the USA and UK with other new

British built escorts becoming available for use.) Took passage

 from Canadian waters to UK with call at Horta in Azores.

in Naval History

HMS Montgomery

Commissioned: 23 October 1940

Fate: Scrapped, 1945

General characteristics

Displacement: 1,247 tons

Length: 314 ft 4½ in (95.822 m)

Beam: 30 ft 11¼ in (9.430 m)

Draft: 9 feet (2.7 m)

Complement: 100 officers and enlisted

Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 1-pdrs., 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt, 2 dct.

Characteristics and photo - in Wikipédia

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