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HMS LOCH INSH - Yard No 346 - Loch Class Frigate - Royal Navy - Built 1944


 HMS LOCH INSH (F433) Ship No 346  
Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid   12/11/1943
Type of Ship    Loch Class Frigate Launched   10/05/1944 
      Commissioned    20/10/1944
Ship Details          
Length Overall    307' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    286' 0" Weather    
Beam    38' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 9"      
Draught    12' 0"      
G.R.T.    1,891 TONS      
Complement     103 Officers and Men      
Engines   Triple expansion engine, producing 5500 ihp      
Props    2      
Speed    19.5 knots      

1 x 4in, 4 x 2 pounder, 6 x 20mm AA, 2 Squids, Depth Charges  



Other known names   1963-HANG TUAH    
Current Status   Broken up 1977    
Content on HMS LOCH INSH will be added as and when available. 
Ships History

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.


A twin screw frigate of the "Loch Class" she was to have a very long and distinguished career and she served two different navies on each side of the world.

She was the second of the Loch Class Frigates to be built at the Leith Shipyards, of Henry Robb Ltd.

She was ordered from Henry Robb, Leith on 25th January 1943 and laid down as Ship No 346 in November 1943. The ship was launched on 10th May 1944 as the 1st RN ship to carry the name. Her build was completed on 20th October 1944. The ship was 'adopted' by the civil community of Northampton after entering service.

After successful sea trails she was handed over for commission into the Royal Navy in October 1944 and she joined the 19th escort group for deployment in the North West approaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Within three months of her being in service she had sunk her first U-Boat she sank,

U297 while helping to defend a Carrier Group off Cape Wrath in Scotland along with another frigate HMS GOODALL.

Then it was to action stations in the English Channel against the increasing E-Boat threats before deploying for the frozen North of the Russian Convoys.

While on the Russian Convoy duty (Convoy RA66) HMS LOCH INSH was to sink her second U-Boat. She sank U307 using SHARK projectiles and SQUID in the attacks.

She rescued 14 survivors from the destroyed U-Boat.

Next she was to go to the Far East but first she had to undergo a refit which was carried out in the yard where she was built at Henry Robb in Leith, after service all over the far east it was back to home waters and she was to undergo a few upgrades and refits during the next decade or so and she was also the lead ship in the search and discovery of the lost HMS AFFRAY submarine in 1951, this was to be the largest and longest search operation ever carried out up to the time and it was HMS LOCH INSH who located the unfortunate lost vessel.

She served world wide with the Royal Navy for 18 years after the end of World War 2 with a lot of time and adventures in the middle east for many years.

HMS LOCH INSH was placed on the Disposal List and sold to the Royal Malayan Navy in 1963. After a very extensive refit at Portsmouth which included change's to the aft superstructure and the provision of Helicopter landing facilities, the ship was renamed  HANG TUAH. She sailed for Malaya on 12th November 1964 and served as the Flagship of the Royal Malaysian Navy until 1971 when she was used as a training ship until withdrawn from service 6 years later.

HMS LOCH INSH was a real survivor and her working life which included battle honours and the sinking of two U-Boats during World War II was to last for more than 30 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.



 The above photo show's clearly her straight line sheer, designed for ease of build.

(photo credit unknown)


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.


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0 #1 John May 2015-03-01 13:01
I knew Bruce well, and was lucky enough to visit him before he passed at his home. It was very sad to see a great man like that.
I do have a photo with bruce in the background when we were both based at Culdrose. If you were interested i could see if my son could E-mail you a copy.



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