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Name: NATAL
Type: Patrol Frigate
Keel: 18/10/1943
Launched: 19/06/1944
Completed: 08/03/1945
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1788
Dimensions: 1435disp, 307.75 x 38.75 x 8.75(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x T4cyl, 5500hp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 20.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 4.0ins QF, 1 x 4 x 2pdr QF, 2 x 2 x 40mm AA, 8 x 1 x 20mm guns
2 x Squid anti-submarine mortar; 2 x depth charge throwers
History:
08/03/1945 Government of South Africa
19/09/1972 Sank
Comments: A member of the Loch Class of Frigates
19/06/1944: Launched as LOCH CREE
01/03/1945: Transferred to the South African Navy
19/09/1972: Sunk as a target off Cape of Good Hope


Above photo copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above 2 photos showing NATAL as a survey vessel courtesy of Photoship