Allied Warships

HMS Lawson (K 516)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 516 
Built by 
Laid down15 Jul 1943 
Launched13 Aug 1943 
Commissioned25 Nov 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 518 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 20 March 1946. Scrapped.  

Former nameDE 518

Commands listed for HMS Lawson (K 516)

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1Lt. John Plomer Somerville, RN15 Nov 1943early 1946

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Notable events involving Lawson include:

21 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with Mounsey (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Lawson (Lt. J.P. Somerville, RN). (1)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Lawson (Lt. J.P. Somerville, RN) and HMS Loring (Lt. J.A. Ogilvy, RN). (2)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Narborough (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Muttram, DSC, RN), HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Inglis (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.P. Cobbold, RNVR) and HMS Lawson (Lt. J.P. Somerville, RN). (3)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/19195
  3. ADM 173/19423

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

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