The History of the NENE

Named for an English river, Nene was completed in April, 1943, as an RN ship but assigned to Canadian EG 5 based at St. John's. The group was re-numbered EG 6 in November, 1943, to avoid confusion with EG C-5. On November 20 Nene, with Calgary and Snowberry, sank U 536 north of the Azores while escorting the combined convoys MKS.30 and SL.139. From February, 1944, onward Nene was Senior Officer's ship of EG 6. She was transferred to the RCN at Halifax on April 6, 1944, immediately prior to a refit at Dartmouth, N.S., that was not completed until mid-July. She then proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and in August joined EG C-5. After escorting three transatlantic convoys she was transferred in October, 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 May 13, 1945, to join JW.67 for North Russia but was detached on May 16 to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats bound from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. She arrived at Sheerness on May 27 and was handed back on June 12 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955. (

NENE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K270
  • Type: Frigate
  • Class: RIVER Class EX-RN
  • Displacement: 1445 tonnes
  • Length: 301.5 ft
  • Width: 36.6 ft
  • Draught: 9 ft
  • Speed: 19 kts
  • Compliment: 8 Officers and 133 Crew
  • Arms: 2-4" (1 x II), 4-20mm, Hedgehog
  • Builder: Smith?s Dock Co., South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.
  • Keel Laid: 20-Jun-42
  • Date Launched: 09-Dec-42
  • Date Commissioned: 04-Jun-44
  • Paid off: 06-Nov-45

Keywords: HMCS NENE, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Frigate, RIVER Class EX-RN Class