HMS Forth (A187)

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HMS Forth, Malta, 1959
HMS Forth at Malta, 1959
Name: HMS Forth
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland[1]
Laid down: 30 June 1937[1]
Launched: 11 August 1938[1]
Commissioned: 14 May 1939[1]
Decommissioned: 1 January 1979[2]
Renamed: HMS Defiance, 15 February 1972–21 April 1978[3]
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 25 July 1985[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Maidstone-class submarine depot ship[1]
Displacement: 8,900 long tons (9,043 t)
Length: 497 ft (151 m)
Beam: 73 ft (22 m)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 1,167 men
Armament: • 8 × 4.5 in (110 mm) DP guns (4×2)
• 8 × 2-pounder AA guns (2×4)

HMS Forth, pennant number A187, was a submarine depot ship adapted to operate and maintain the Royal Navy's nuclear-powered submarines.

She was completed in 1939. Forth served at Holy Loch on the Clyde for a period during the Second World War. Subsequently Forth was stationed at Trincomalee, Ceylon during the end of the Second World War.

During the war Forth was adopted by Stirlingshire as part of Warship Week. The plaque from this adoption is held by the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.[4][5]

During her stay in Malta in the 1950s she was moored on the east side of Msida creek. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[6] She left Malta in 1960.

HMS Forth took the first Hovercraft to Australia in 1968, a small two or three seater hovercraft.[citation needed]

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  2. ^ "HMS Forth". Naval History. Flixco. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Royal Naval Torpedo School, HMS Defiance". The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History. Plymouthdata. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Warship Weeks: Adopting Naval Vessels in World War Two". Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "HMS Forth Plaque". Memorials and Monuments in Portsmouth. 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden

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