HMS Mashona (F59)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Tribal-class destroyer
Name: HMS Mashona
Builder: Vickers Armstrongs
Laid down: 5 August 1936
Launched: 3 September 1937
Commissioned: 28 March 1939
Fate: Sunk by aircraft on 28 May 1941
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,850 tons (standard),
2,520 tons (full)
Length: 377 ft (115 m) o/a
Beam: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Three x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, steam turbines on two shafts
44,000 shp
Speed: 36 kt
Range: 524 tons fuel oil
5,700 nmi at 15 kt
Complement: 219
Armament: As designed;

War modifications;

  • 6 x 4.7 in L/45 QF Mk.XII, 3 x twin mounting CP Mk.XIX
  • 1 x twin 4 in L/45 QF Mk.XVI, mounting HA Mk.XIX
  • 4 x QF 2 pdr, quad mount Mk.VII
  • ≤4 x single and twin 20 mm Oerlikon
  • 4 x tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk.IX
  • 1 x rack, 2 x throwers for DCs

HMS Mashona (pennant number L59, later F59) was a Tribal-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that saw service in the Second World War.

She was built by Vickers Armstrong, with her machinery supplied by Parsons. She was authorised in the program year 1936. Mashona was laid down on 5 August 1936, launched on 3 September 1937[1] and completed by 30 March 1939.

In September 1939 she was serving with the sixth Destroyer Flotilla at Scapa Flow. She took part in operations resulting in the sinking of the Bismarck on 27 May 1941. She came under heavy air attack from the Luftwaffe while returning to port the following day, and was bombed and sunk off the coast of Galway with the loss of 48 men. HMS Tartar took the survivors to Greenock.

She was awarded the following battle honours:

  • Norway 1940
  • "Bismarck" 1941

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Times (London), Saturday, 4 September 1937, p.12

References[edit]

Coordinates: 52°58′N 11°36′W / 52.967°N 11.600°W / 52.967; -11.600