HMS Ascension (K 502)
Frigate of the Colony class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Walsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jun 1943|
|Laid down||30 Apr 1943|
|Launched||6 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||24 Nov 1943|
Returned to the USN on 31 May, 1946.
HMS Ascension is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
|Former name||USS Hargood PF-74|
Commands listed for HMS Ascension (K 502)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Archibald Wilkinson, RNR||26 Jul 1943||Sep 1944|
|2||Cdr. William Josselyn Moore, DSC, RNR||Sep 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Ascension include:
9 Aug 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. These included practice attacks on HMS Ascension (Lt.Cdr. A. Wilkinson, RNR) and HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (1)
10 Aug 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Ascension (Lt.Cdr. A. Wilkinson, RNR) and HMS Hadleigh Castle (Lt. C. Sandeman, RN). (1)
25 Nov 1944
German U-boat U-482 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of the Shetlands, in position 60°18'N, 04°52'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Ascension (Cdr. W.J. Moore. DSC, RNR).
- ADM 173/19028
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.