HMS Derg (K 257)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Henry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : Plenty|
|Ordered||20 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||16 Apr 1942|
|Launched||7 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||10 Jun 1943|
On 17 August 1943 convoy WS3-2 arrived in South Africa from the U.K. with reinforcements for service in Burma, the convoy consisted of 5 ships. HMS Derg and her sisters HMS Kale and HMS Tay with destroyers HMS Rapid, HMS Relentless and the two Australians HMAS Norman and HMAS Quiberon were responsible for providing the A/S escort for the final leg of the passage.
In September 1944 Derg was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa.
In September 1945 Derg was part of the large armada of naval ships assembled at Tokyo Bay, where the official surrender of Japan was held onboard the American battleship USS Missouri.
In 1951 Derg was renamed Wessex and was used as an RNVR drill-ship, at a later stage in her life she was renamed Cambria.
In September 1960, the frigate was broken up for scrap, at Cashmore, Newport.
Her badge with her original name can be seen painted on the side of the Selborne dry dock wall.
Commands listed for HMS Derg (K 257)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) Jack Winston Cooper, RNR||15 Apr 1943||16 Oct 1943|
|2||Lt. Edward John Binfield, DSC, RNR||16 Oct 1943||Oct 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Nicholas Bryan John Stapleton, RD, RNR||Oct 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Derg include:
- ADM 173/17772
- ADM 173/20343
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.