Loch Class Frigate




Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 31 Aug 1943

Launched: 14 Apr 1944

Transferred to RCN:

Commissioned: 10 Aug 1944

Paid off:: 11 Jun 1945

Returned to RN: 11 Jun 1945

Commissioned: 1950

Paid off: Nov 1963

Fate: Broken up 1965


Built at Whiteinch, Glasgow, she was launched as HMS LOCH ALVIE.  Transferred to the RCN, she was commissioned on August 10, 1944, at Dalmuir, Scotland as HMCS LOCH ALVIE. She carried out workups at Tobermory and joined EG 9, Londonderry, in Sep 1944. Briefly based at Portsmouth and Plymouth, LOCH ALVIE served in U.K. waters for the duration of the war, except for a trip to Gibraltar in Oct 1944 and to Iceland in May 1945, to escort convoy JW.67 to North Russia. On 12 May 1945, HMCS LOCH ALVIE K428, HMCS NENE K270, HMCS MATANE K444 and HMCS ST PIERRE K680 departed Clyde with convoy JW.67 bound for Russia. On 16 May 1945, HMCS LOCH ALVIE and HMCS NENE were detached to escort 14 surrendered U-boats from Trondheim to Loch Eribol. Like Monnow, she never saw a Canadian port. She was paid off at Sheerness on 11 Jun 1945 and returned to the RN, which laid her up in reserve there. She was later re-commissioned as HMS LOCH ALVIE F428 for service in Far Eastern waters, following, which she was laid up at Singapore. After being cannibalized for parts, she was broken up there in 1965.



Ship's company photos


The Royal Canadian Navy and the Narvik U-Boats - May 1945 by Derek Waller, Air Commodore, RAF, ret'd



Commanding Officers


LCdr Ernest George Old, RCNR - 10 Aug 1944 - 11 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Butler, Clifford J. - Alive and well as of Nov 2020


David, Charles Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Eaton, Edward Young, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944


Layard, Arthur Frank Chapel, A/Cdr, DSO, RN - 23 Feb 1945


Mallett, Jacques, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944

Moraff, Melvin


Old, Ernest George, A/LCdr, RCNR - 08 May 1944, CO


Orriss, William Victor, Lt, RCNR - 08 May 1944


Ouimet, Paul Alderic, A.Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944

Radcliffe, David Netten, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944


Scott Alexander Victor Ferguson, Lt (E), RCNR - 01 Apr 1944


Wheatley, Clifford Astley, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944