HMS Carron (R30)

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Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Carron
Ordered: 24 March 1942
Builder: Scotts, Greenock
Laid down: 26 November 1942
Launched: 28 March 1944
Completed: 6 November 1944
Commissioned: 28 July 1944
Renamed: Built as HMS Strenuous
Renamed HMS Carron before launch
Identification: Pennant number: R30 initially, but changed to D30 in 1945
Honours and
awards:
None
Fate: Arrived at T W Ward breaker's yard for scrapping on 31 March 1967
Badge: On a Field Red, a fountain charged with a Stag's head caboched Gold.
General characteristics
Class & type: C-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,710 tons (standard) 2,520 tons (full)
Length: 363 ft (111 m) o/a
Beam: 35.75 ft (10.90 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m) light,
14.5 ft (4.4 m) full
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
Parsons geared steam turbines,
40,000 shp, 2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (69.45 km/h)
Range: 615 tons oil, 1,400 nautical miles (2,600 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 186
Armament:

3 x QF 4.5 in L/45 guns Mark IV on mounts CP Mk.V
2 x Bofors 40 mm L/60 guns on twin mount "Hazemeyer" Mk.IV, or;
4 x QF 2 pdr L/39 guns Mk.VIII on quad mount Mk.VII (Caprice only)
4 x anti-aircraft mountings;
Bofors 40 mm, single mount Mk.III
QF 2 -pdr Mk.VIII, single mount Mk.XVI
Oerlikon 20 mm, single mount P Mk.III
Oerlikon 20 mm, twin mount Mk.V
2 x pentuple (Ca) / quadruple (Ch, Co, Cr) tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk.IX
4 throwers and 2 racks for 96 depth charges

6 x Squid anti submarine launchers

HMS Carron was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, ordered in February 1942 from Scotts of Greenock.[1] She was originally to be named HMS Strenuous but this was changed to Carron before launch to fit her revised class name. She was laid down on 26 November 1942 and launched on 28 March 1944.

Wartime service[edit]

On commissioning she joined the home fleet and served in the North Atlantic and off Norway. In 1945 she deployed to the Indian Ocean, returning to the UK in 1946.[2]

Post war service[edit]

Following the war Carron paid off into reserve. She was the first of her class to be selected for modernistion and the work was completed at Chatham. Work included a new bridge and gunnery fire control system, as well as the addition of Squid Anti-Submarine mortars.[3] She emerged from modernisation in 1955 for service with the Dartmouth Training Squadron. Her 'B' gun turret was replaced by a charthouse. In 1960 she was further de-equipped so she could serve as a navigational training ship, with only her torpedo tubes remaining and further charthouses fitted on the Squid deck.[4] In 1961 she carried out Foul Weather trials in Atlantic including use of new Life Raft and survival suits.[5]

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

She was paid off in 1963. She arrived at the breaker's yard of T W Ward at Inverkeithing for scrapping on 31 March 1967.[6]

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