HMS Picotee in July 1941
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff|
|Laid down:||21 March 1940|
|Launched:||19 July 1940|
|Completed:||5 September 1940|
|Commissioned:||5 September 1940|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K63|
|Fate:||Sunk 12 August 1941 by U-568|
|Class and type:||Flower-class corvette|
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