HMS Mashona (F59)
|Class and type:||Tribal-class destroyer|
|Laid down:||5 August 1936|
|Launched:||3 September 1937|
|Commissioned:||28 March 1939|
|Fate:||Sunk by aircraft on 28 May 1941|
|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
|Range:||524 tons fuel oil
5,700 nmi at 15 kt
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 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
- The Times (London), Saturday, 4 September 1937, p.12
- Brice, Martin H. (1971). The Tribals. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0245-2.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- English, John (2001). Afridi to Nizam: British Fleet Destroyers 1937–43. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-95-0.
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