River class Frigate



HMS Nene K270

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Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs


Battle honours and awards:  Biscay  1943,  Arctic  1943-44,   Atlantic  1943-44,   North Sea  1945



Laid down: 20 June 1942

Launched: 09 Dec 1942

Commissioned:  08 Apr 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 06 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 06 Apr 1944

Paid off: 11 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 11 Jun 1945

Paid off: 06 Nov 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1955


Built at South Bank-on-Tees, UK, Nene was named for an English river. Commissioned  as HMS Nene, she was assigned to Canadian EG 5 based at St. John's, the group was re-numbered EG 6 in Nov 1943, to avoid confusion with EG C-5. On 20 Nov 1943 HMS Nene, with HMCS Calgary and HMCS Snowberry, sank U 536 north of the Azores while escorting the combined convoys MKS.30 and SL.139. From Feb 1944, onward Nene was Senior Officer's ship of EG 6. She was transferred to the RCN at Halifax on 06 Apr 1944, immediately prior to a refit at Dartmouth, N.S., that was not completed until mid-Jul 1944. She then proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and in Aug 1944 joined EG C-5. After escorting three transatlantic convoys she was transferred in Oct 1944, to EG 9, Londonderry. Except for a trip to North Russia with convoy JW.62, Nene served in U.K. waters until the end of the war, based at various times at Londonderry, Plymouth, Rosyth, and Portsmouth. She left Greenock 12 May 1945, to join JW.67 for North Russia but was detached on 16 May 1945 to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats bound from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. She arrived at Sheerness on 27 May 1945 and was handed back on 11 Jun 1945 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955.


U-Boats Sunk:  U-536 (Kplt Rolf Schauenburg) sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 northeast of the Azores in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W.



Photos and Documents



Hamilton WWII veteran awarded Russian medal and bottle of vodka


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



HMCS Nene - Dan Delong's website (archived on For Posterity's Sake)



Commanding Officers


LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 06 Apr 1944 - 11 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Brandy, James Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944 / 06 Apr 1944


Coombs, Paul Barr, SLt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944


Greenaway, Robert Ernest, SLt (E) - 10 Apr 1944 / Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945

Hunt, Dougald Gover, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1944


Roed, Botha, Lt, RCNR - 10 Apr 1944


Shaw, Eric Rigby, LCdr, RCNR - 28 Mar 1944 (Stand by) CO


Taylor, James, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944



Photos and Documents



Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Forster

Mr. Forster was Head Forman at the Smith Dock and was responsible for the building of the NENE and because of this, his wife, Jane Bell Forster, was asked to launch the NENE. The silver platter was presented to HMS NENE on her launching day, 09 Dec 1942.  The platter eventually ended up in a flea market in Navarre, Florida where it was purchased by Mr. Leonard Lanier, who in turn, donated it to the Naval Museum of Halifax





From the collection of William Holland McNally

Courtesy of Greg McNally