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WWII HMS Ulster Ships Honours Board – 1942

HMS Ulster was a U-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II.

She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F83.

In 1943 HMS Ulster went into duty in the English Channel. By the end of the year she would be on duty in the Mediterranean and Adriatic on anti-submarine missions, receiving damage from return fire.

At the beginning of 1945 Ulster was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet with the pendant “D”, in keeping with the American system.

HMS Ulster, while serving with the British Pacific Fleet, had a near miss by a Japanese kamikaze and a 500 lb bomb during Operation Iceberg, the invasion of Okinawa. Ulster had her machinery spaces blown in and had to be towed to Leyte for temporary repairs, whence it sailed for Australia. Two sailors died and one was seriously injured in the attack.

Nearly six months after the attack in October 1945 Ulster made it back to HM Dockyard, Chatham in England to undergo full repairs.

After the Second World War Ulster was mostly used as a training vessel and for reserve purposes. Between 1953 and 1955 she underwent a full conversion to a Type 15 frigate at Chatham Dockyard. She then joined the 8th Frigate Squadron soon after. Soon she was on duty in Iceland, Azores, West Indies, Caribbean, and tours to the United States. In 1958 Ulster helped to restore power ashore in Nassau, Bahamas.

In 1964 she was again put into reserve in Plymouth. A year later in 1965, Ulster was re-commissioned in the 2nd Frigate Squadron, but then in 1967 was withdrawn from operational service.

During the late 1960s, Ulster was used by naval ratings from HMS Vernon for seagoing training in the Sonar Control Room . In 1970 she was present at Portsmouth Navy Days; at the time she was the Navy’s Navigational Training Ship.

The destroyer was used as a training hulk at HMS Raleigh between 1977 and 1980.

Finally in 1980 Ulster was bought by Thos W Ward and broken up

Part of the famous Ferrer’s Walker collection¬†

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