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 FLINT CASTLE was the first of the "Castle Class" Corvettes to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
One of three of this class to be built at Leith, she was commissioned in Dec 1943 and was quickly assigned to the Clyde Escort group, during her time in service she once run for 45,000 miles without docking for rest or repair, it is almost certain she sank a U-Boat off the west African coast but her crew made no claim as all the could see was an oil slick on the surface after attacks with her main anti-submarine weapon the formidable squid which was a forward firing mortar in effect.
The Castle Class ships were a big improvement on the original "Flower Class" Corvette being longer and they were handsome looking ships but they had the same power plant as the Flower class and this meant they were very under powered, but all the same they were very capable submarine hunters.
She was part of the 2nd Training Sqn. at Portland from 1946 untill March 1956 when she was relieved at Portland and placed in reserve at Devonport after 13 years continuous service.
She arrived at Her Majesty's Navy base at Faslane on 10 July 1958 to be broken up by Ship-breaking Industries Ltd.
HMS FLINT CASTLE had her time as a film star as well, just one of many ex Leith ships to take part in films or movies as refered to nowadays she was to portray a German escort vessel depth charging a British submarine off the coast of France in the movie The Cockleshell Heroes starring Jose Ferrer and Trevor Howard.
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.