Allied Warships

HMS Tyler (K 576)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 576 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down6 Oct 1943 
Launched20 Nov 1943 
Commissioned14 Jan 1944 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 567 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 12 November 1946. Scrapped.  

Former nameDE 567

Commands listed for HMS Tyler (K 576)

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1Lt. Christopher Henry Rankin, RN14 Jan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Tyler include:

11 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Havelock (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Tyler (Lt. C.H. Ranking, RN), HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR) and HMS Berkeley Castle (T/Lt. F.A. Darrah, RNVR). (1)

27 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. R.A. Baker, RNVR), HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN) and aircraft. (2)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN) and HMS Grindall (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D. Turquand-Young, RNVR). (2)

21 Jan 1945
HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN) picks up the sole survivor from the Norwegian merchant Galatea that was torpedoed and sunk off Bardsey Island in the St.Georges Channel in position 52°40'N, 05°23'W by German U-boat U-1051.

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 173/19218
  2. ADM 173/19345

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

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