Allied Warships

HMS Bligh (K 467)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 467 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down10 May 1943 
Launched26 Jul 1943 
Commissioned29 Sep 1943 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 12 November 1945. Stricken and scrapped (sold on 13 June 1946).

Former nameUSS Liddle DE 76

Commands listed for HMS Bligh (K 467)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Edwin Blyth, RNVR1 Aug 1943mid 1944
2T/Lt. William Bertram de Quincey, RNVRmid 194426 Jan 1945
3Cdr. Bertram Wilfrid Taylor, RN26 Jan 194531 Jul 1945
4A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Edwin Blyth, RNVR31 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Bligh include:

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 52°30'N, 28°28'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) and the British frigates HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Bligh (A/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Cooper, RNR (retired)) and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN).

2 Sep 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Keats (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, DSC, RNR) and HMS Bligh. (1)

7 Nov 1944
The accidental firing of an Anti-Aircraft gun in Liverpool docks leaded to death and injury on the troopship Cape town Castle moored opposite. HMS Bligh then escorted convoy KMF-36 which sailed soon afterwards to Port Said. (2)

27 Jan 1945
The German U-boat U-1172 was sunk in St George's Channel, in position 52°24'N, 05°42'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN), HMS Keats (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, DSC, RNR) and HMS Bligh (Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19195
  2. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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