HMS Pheasant (U49)
Pheasant moored at a buoy in May 1943
|Laid down:||13 July 1942|
|Launched:||21 December 1942|
|Commissioned:||12 May 1943|
|Reclassified:||As a frigate in 1947|
|Fate:||Broken up 1963|
|Class and type:||Modified Black Swan class sloop|
|Length:||283 ft (86 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||Geared turbines, two shafts
4,300 hp (3.21 MW)
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 mi (7,200 km)|
|Armament:||6 × 4-inch (102 mm) AA guns (3 × 2)
4 × 2 pdr AA pom-pom
12 × 20 mm Oerlikon AA (6 × 2)
Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
|Part of:||British Pacific Fleet (1945)|
|Operations:||Operation Husky (1943)|
HMS Pheasant (U49) was a Modified Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Yarrow Shipbuilders, in Scotstoun, Glasgow on 13 July 1942, launched on 21 December 1942, and commissioned on 12 May 1943.
The Modified Black Swan-class sloops were specialised convoy-defence vessels, with an anti-aircraft and an anti-submarine capability. They were designed to have a longer range than a destroyer at the expense of a lower top speed, while remaining capable of outrunning the German Type VII and Type IX U-boats when they were surfaced.
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- "HMS RULER - Ruler-class Escort Aircraft Carrier". Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- Hague, Arnold (1993). Sloops: A History of the 71 Sloops Built in Britain and Australia for the British, Australian and Indian Navies 1926–1946. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-67-3.
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- HMS PHEASANT Chronologies of War Service on naval-history.net
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