Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
HMS LOCH ACHANALT was the first of the new "Loch Class" Frigates launched and built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb during World War II.
She was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy to form part of the 6th Canadian Escort Group, for Atlantic convoy duty and while working in tandem with H.M.S.Annan she was credited with the sinking of U-1006.
H.M.C.S. Loch Achanalt was returned to the Royal Navy and was sold to New Zealand in 1947 along with six other "Loch Class" frigates and she was renamed HMNZS PUKAKI.
Her battle honours with the Royal Navy included the English Channel 1945
She was to have a long service history will serving with the New Zealand Navy, and she was to see action again during the Korean War 1950-53 where she was one of the ships providing cover for the of landings by US 1st Marine Division at Inchon.
During 1954 she was also involved in the Malaya during the anti-terrorist operations.
She was also involved during a deployment with HM Frigate OPOSSUM and carried out bombardment on terrorist positions on the west coast of Malaya with support from Army aircraft.
She also deployed to the British nuclear tests at Christmas Island - Operation Grapple - as a weather ship in 1957 to 1958, and later as a combination weather/radar picket/rescue ship during Operation Deep Freeze, operating to the edge of the Antarctic pack ice between 1964 and 1965. This operation was to take a lot out of the old hulls and on return from her second deployment to this frozen part of the ocean she was sold for scrap in 1965 and broken up at the start of 1966.
So for an old short term war fix she was to outlast a lot of more well known ships of her time, with service and actions with 3 different naval forces for a total of around 22 years.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.