HMS Offa (G29)

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HMS Offa
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Offa
Ordered: 3 September 1939
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland
Laid down: 15 January 1940
Launched: 11 March 1941
Commissioned: 20 September 1941
Fate: Transferred to Pakistan, 30 November 1949
Career (Pakistan)
Name: Tariq
Acquired: 30 November 1949
Fate: Scrapped 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: O-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,540 long tons (1,560 t)
Length: 345 ft (105 m) o/a
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Pearson geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)
Range: 3,850 nmi (7,130 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Endurance: 472 tons oil
Complement: 175+
Armament: • 4 × single QF 4.7-inch (120-mm) Mark IX guns on mounting CP Mk.XVIII

• 1 × single QF 4 in gun Mk.V on mounting HA Mk.III
• 1 × quad QF 2-pdr "pom-pom" mount Mk.VII
• 6 × single 20 mm Oerlikon guns
• 1 × quad 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes for Mk.IX torpedoes

• 4 × throwers and 2 × racks for 70 depth charges

HMS Offa (G29) was an O-class destroyer of the Royal Navy which entered service in 1941 and was scrapped in 1959.

Second World War service[edit]

During November 1941 HMS Offa was part of Convoy PQ-4, the fifth of the Arctic Convoys of World War II. The convoy sailed from Hvalfjord, Iceland on 17 November 1941 and arrived at Arkhangelsk on 28 November 1941.[1]

On 14 September 1942 HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing) picked up survivors from the British tanker Atheltemplar damaged by a torpedo from the German submarine U-457 south west of Bear Island.

On 26 January 1944, under Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard Offa picked up survivors from the British merchant Fort Bellingham that was sunk by a torpedo from the German submarine U-957 in the Barents Sea north of North Cape.

Postwar service[edit]

In 1946 Offa served as a target ship for submarines, until being placed in reserve at Devonport in February 1948.[2] In April 1948 she was refitted at Devonport and 0n 30 November 1949 she was transferred to Pakistan and renamed Tariq.

She was returned to the Royal Navy at Portsmouth in July 1959. She was then scrapped, arriving at Sunderland on 13 October 1959.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Woodman, Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 , 1994, ISBN 0-7195-5752-6
  2. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 14
  3. ^ Ex-British O class destroyers at battleships-cruisers.co.uk

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