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Redmil (DE-89)

(DE-89: displacement 1,400; length 306-; beam 37-; draft 13-6-; speed 24 knots; complement 213; armament 3 3-, 2 40mm., 4 20mm., 1 [sic] 21- torpedo tubes, 2 depth charge tracks, 8 depth charge projectors; class Buckley)

Captain Robert Redmil commanded HMS Polyphemus for the Royal Navy at Trafalgar.

Redmil (DE-89) was laid down 14 July 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, Mass.; launched 2 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. James E. Hamilton, wife of Captain Hamilton of the Bureau of Ships; transferred to the United Kingdom 30 November 1943 under terms of the Lend-Lease Agreement; and commissioned in the Royal Navy the same day.

Redmil (K-554), a captain-class frigate, served the Royal Navy in the English Channel, the Arctic, and the North Sea during 1944; and in the North Sea and the Atlantic during 1945. On 27 March 1945, she joined Fitzroy and Byron in sinking German submarine, U-722 off the western coast of Scotland.

While still in England, Redmil was returned to the custody of the U.S. Navy 20 January 1947 and sold for scrapping 10 days later to Athens Piraeus Electricity Co., Ltd., Athens, Greece.

23 September 2005

Published: Wed Apr 06 08:20:36 EDT 2016