HMS Boxer (F92)

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HMS BOXER F92
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Boxer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 1 November 1979
Launched: 17 June 1981
Commissioned: 22 December 1983
Decommissioned: 4 August 1999
Identification: Pennant number: F92
Motto: Praemonitus Praemunitis
(Latin: "Forewarned is Forearmed")
Fate: Sunk as a target vessel
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,800 tons
Length: 146.5 m (480 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (48 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion: 2-shaft COGOG
2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B high-speed gas turbines (54,000 shp / 40 MW)
2 × Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp / 7.2 MW)
Speed: 18 knots (33.3 km/h) cruise
30 knots (56 km/h) full
Range: 8,000 nm (16,000 km)
Complement: 273
Armament: 2 × 6 GWS25 Sea Wolf SAM launchers
4 × 1 Exocet SSM launchers
2 × Twin 30 mm AA guns
2 × 20 mm AA guns
4 × 7.62 mm GPMGs
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters

HMS Boxer was the first of the Batch 2 Type 22 frigates of the Royal Navy. She was decommissioned on 4 August 1999 and expended as a target in August 2004.

Service[edit]

Her nickname was The Billy B or Pinocchio, due to her extended bows.[citation needed] She was one of only two Batch 2s (the other being Beaver) fitted with the lower-height hangar of the batch 1s, so she could only accommodate Lynx helicopters. On coming out of refit in 1990, with a clean bottom she achieved close to 34 knots.

During 1996 and 1997 she was leader of the 1st Frigate Squadron.

Commanding officers[edit]

[1]

From To Captain
1988 1990
1990 1991
1991 1993
1993 1994
1996 1997 Captain David A Lewis RN
1999 2001

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackie, Colin. "II: Royal Navy- Captains Commanding Warships". British Armed Forces (1900–). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

[citation needed]