Allied Warships

HMS Kale (K 241)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 241 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Feb 1941 
Laid down22 Sep 1941 
Launched24 Jun 1942 
Commissioned4 Dec 1942 
End service 

From February until July 1943 HMS Kale was employed in convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. In August she was joined by the frigates HMS Teviot, HMS Test, HMS Helford and HMS Plym for the passage down to Simonstown, South Africa. On the 17th, convoy WS-32 arrived in South Africa from the U.K. with reinforcements for service in Burma, the convoy consisted of 5 ships. Kale and the frigates HMS Derg and HMS Tay accompanied by the British destroyers HMS Relentless and HMS Rapid and the Australian destroyers HMAS Norman and HMAS Quiberon were responsible for providing the A/S escort for the final leg of the passage. From September 27-30th she was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown.

Kale spent 1944 escorting convoys around the Cape sea route. In April 1945 she was docked in the Robinson dry dock at Cape Town for a refit, after the refit she sailed for the Far East, in preparation for the occupation of Malaya, until the second Atomic Bomb was dropped on Japan, this put all the initial training into practice, and Kale was then involved in operation Zipper, the landings at Port Sweetenham and Port Dixon, to arrive at Singapore for the surrender on September 12th accepted by the Supreme Allied Commander, Lord Louis Mountbatten. The following day she sailed for Batavia in Java, in company with the occupying forces, where she spent two months in those waters evacuating British prisoners of war. In November, she left far Eastern waters for her return and final paying off in the U.K.

She was sold for scrap in November 1956 and was broken up by Kashmore at Newport in 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Kale (K 241)

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1Lt.Cdr. George William Houchen, OBE, RD, RNR27 Aug 19422 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Kale include:

21 Apr 1943
HMS Kale (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Scebeli that was torpedoed and sunk south of Cape Farewell in position 56°07'N, 44°26'W by German U-boat U-191.

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