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LOCH CLASS FRIGATES

Patrick Boniface

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In 1940 & 1941 the battle of the Atlantic seemed to be being won by the U-boats. Merchants ships were being sunk quicker than they could be replaced and Britain was in danger of being starved of precious resources and food.


 


Existing escorts were, on the whole, not ideal. Plans were drawn up for a new frigate construction programme; the  resulting Loch Class was to prove to be amongst the best A/S frigates produced by Great Britain during the war. 

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In 1940 & 1941 the battle of the Atlantic seemed to be being won by the U-boats. Merchants ships were being sunk quicker than they could be replaced and Britain was in danger of being starved of precious resources and food.

 

Existing escorts were, on the whole, not ideal as they had for the most part been built and designed before the War. Plans were drawn up for a new frigate construction programme to utilise pre-fabrication techniques to speed construction and reduce the risk from enemy attack using multiple dispersed construction sites.

 

The resulting Loch Class was to prove to be amongst the best A/S frigates produced by Great Britain during the war, although most of the class only entered service from 1944 onwards. 110 ships were projected, but with the end of the war only 28 were completed as such.

 

This volume records the design and service record of these vessels.


ISBN: 9781904459545
Format: Book
Author(s): Patrick Boniface
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