HMS Concord (R63)
|Class and type:||C-class destroyer|
|Builder:||John I. Thornycroft & Company, Southampton|
|Laid down:||18 November 1943|
|Launched:||14 May 1945|
|Commissioned:||20 December 1946|
|Renamed:||Launched as Corso
Renamed Concord in June 1946
|Identification:||Pennant number: R63 (later D03)|
|Status:||Arrived for breaking up on 22 October 1962|
|Displacement:||1,885 tons (1,915 tonnes)
2,545 tons full (2,585 tonnes)
|Length:||362.75 ft (110.57 m) o/a|
|Beam:||35.75 ft (10.90 m)|
|Draught:||11.75 ft (3.58 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
Parsons single-reduction geared steam turbines,
40,000 shp (29.8 MW), 2 shafts
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h) / 32 knots (59 km/h) full|
|Range:||4,675 nmi (8,658 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
1,400 nmi (2,600 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
|Radar Type 275 fire control on director Mk.VI|
She was initially ordered as HMS Corso during the Second World War, and was built by John I. Thornycroft & Company, Southampton. She was launched on 14 May 1945, renamed HMS Concord in June 1946 and commissioned on 20 December 1946.
Concord served in the Far East between 1947 and 1957 as part of the 8th Destroyer Squadron. In 1949 she was involved in the 'Amethyst incident'. Concord entered the River Yangtze and proceeded to a point off the Woosung Fort, the location of a heavy gun battery 38 miles from the mouth of the river. Lieutenant Commander Kerans, commanding Amethyst, had from the beginning requested that Concord should meet him there to give protection at the most critical point of his escape. There was no boom at the mouth of the river. Concord went on to serve during the Korean War.
Decommissioning and disposal
Concord was withdrawn from active service in 1957. Following decommissioning she was attached to HMS Caledonia at Rosyth as a static training ship. Following her sale Concord arrived at the breakers yard of Thomas W. Ward Ltd at Inverkeithing on 22 October 1962.
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