Welcome to the HMS Lowestoft Association

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HMS Lowestoft was first commissioned on the 18th October 1961 and was sunk for target practice on the 8th June 1986 by a single Tigerfish torpedo fired by HM Submarine Conqueror, who had in 1982 torpedoed the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano during the Falklands war.

Membership to the Association is open to all who served onboard HMS Lowestoft by registering on the Forum Registration Page. If you are having a problem registering, please email an Administrator at admin@hmslowestoft.co.uk

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HMS Lowestoft Summary of Service : 1961 to 1985

Information supplied by the Naval Historical Branch

HMS Lowestoft, callsign "GDBU", was a Type 12 First Rate Anti-Submarine Frigate of the Rothesay class built and engined by Messrs Alexander Stephen and Sons Ltd. Laid down on 9 June 1958, the Lowestoft was launched by Mrs N A Copeman, wife of Vice Admiral N A Copeman CB, DSC the fourth Sea Lord and Vice Controller of the Navy on 23 June 1960. As well as being the ninth and last of the Rothesay class, HMS Lowestoft was the 36th frigate to be completed since 1955, when the first post-war frigates of the Blackwood class was commissioned.

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HMS Lowestoft Association Annual Reunion

Every year the Association holds an annual reunion open to all members

The 7th HMS Lowestoft Association reunion will take place at the Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa, Hinckley, Leicestershire, on the weekend of the 20 - 23 October 2017. All who served in Lowestoft during her RN service (1961-1986) are welcome to attend (including wives/partners/guests). Why not come along and meet some old oppo's, make some new friends and have a "swinging the lamp" session. We guarantee a weekend to remember!!

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Join the HMS Lowestoft Association Forums

Our forums are an active community of over 500 old shipmates. With all the latest association news, picture galleries & reunion details it's a great place to find old mates and swap stories with new friends.


Register to Join

It's free to join and easy to register. Once a member all areas are open to explore.


General Information

Details of the forum, what it is and what it does along with registration information.


Reunion Details

If you're interested in joining us at our next reunion, this is the place to start.

Photo Albums

Members Area : Thousands of photo's supplied by our members. Are you in there?

Lowestoft Slops

Members Area : Lowestoft crests, association badges, ties, cap tallies etc.

Forum Competions

Members Area : Caption competitions, over 200 and counting. Win or lose, it is fun.