HMS Papua (K 588)
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||7 Sep 1943|
|Launched||10 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||25 Jul 1944|
Returned to the USN on 13 May 1946.
HMS Papua is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
|Former name||USS Howett PF-84|
Commands listed for HMS Papua (K 588)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Hope Lynes, RD, RNR||Apr 1944||26 Jan 1945|
|2||A/Lt.Cdr. Charles William Leadbetter, RNR||26 Jan 1945||27 May 1945|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey William McGuiness, RNR||27 May 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Papua include:
4 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1014 was sunk in the North Channel east of Malin Head, in position 55°17'N, 06°44'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Loch Scavaig (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Hancock, RNR), HMS Nyasaland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Scott, DSC, RNVR), HMS Papua (A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR) and HMS Loch Shin (Cdr. J.P. de W. Kitcat, RN).
17 May 1953
HMS Papua, as the Egyptian ship Misr was sunk in a collision. (3)
- ADM 173/19286
- ADM 173/19302
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.