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 INSH
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.