"Kil" class Corvettes
Individual Specifications
Name Pennant USN Name
Kilbirnie Z01 PCE827
Kilbride Z02 PCE828
Kilchattan Z03 PCE829
Kilchrenan Z04 PCE830
Kildary Z05 PCE831
Kildwick Z06 PCE832
Kilham Z07 PCE833
Kilkenzie Z08 PCE834
Kilhampton Z09 PCE835
Kilmalcolm Z10 PCE836
Kilmarnock Z11 PCE837
Kilmarton Z12 PCE838
Kilmelford Z13 PCE839
Kilmington Z14 PCE840
Kilmore Z15 PCE841

This design originated fro ma 1941 order by the RN for 150 large, steel hulled submarine chasers, but when America and her USN entered the war, all craft were taken up for USN duties, due to the desperate lack of light craft there. Luckily for the RN, 15 'escaped' the clutches of the USN and were transferred.
Ex- "PCE" or coastal escort ( Patrol, Coastal, Escort ) they were transferred in 1943. They were used by both RN and USN and were the USN's closest thing to a corvette.
Originally pennants were "BEC-" instead of "Z-" ( British Escort, Coastal ).
For such small vessels, they were very well armed, and were popular vessels, with a very long range due to their deisel powerplant.


Length 184'6" Beam 33' Draught 9’6"
Empty Displacement 795 tons
Full Displacement 903 tons


Performance & Propulsion
Propulsion 2 x Deisels driving 2 shafts @ 1800 hp Speed 18 knots
Range 5600 nm @ 9 knots


Armament & Complement
Complement 96 officers & ratings
  • Gun
    • 1 x 1 x 3" USN pattern
    • 2 x 1 x 40mm Bofors AA
    • 2 x 1 x 20mm Oerlikon AA
  • ASW
    • 4 x DC throwers
    • 1 x Hedgehog DC launchers
All Returned to USN, December 1946
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