HMS Rapid (H32)

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HMS Rapid 1943 IWM FL 1765.jpg
Rapid underway on the River Mersey, February 1943
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Rapid
Ordered: 1 April 1940
Builder: Cammell Laird & Company
Laid down: 16 June 1941
Launched: 16 July 1942
Identification: Pennant number: H32 (F138 from 1953)
Fate: Sunk as target 13 September 1981
General characteristics
Class & type: R-class destroyer

HMS Rapid was an R-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that saw service during the Second World War. She was part of Force 68, serving in the Indian Ocean, and later the Pacific. In one operation she was damaged by fire from a shore battery, with 11 killed and 23 wounded. She was towed to Akyab for repairs.

Post-War Service[edit]

She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F138. In 1959 Rapid was part of the Reserve Fleet and took part in 'Navy Days' in Portsmouth during that year.[1]

Training ship[edit]

In 1966, Rapid was allocated to HMS Caledonia to assist in the sea training of engine room artificers. The ship was used as a day runner from Rosyth Dockyard to give help in certificating artificers, who were under training. Rapid was replaced in this role by Eastbourne in 1972.


In addition to training engine room artificers whilst day running HMS Rapid also provided sea training for junior seamen from HMS Ganges.


  1. ^ Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth 28-30th March 1959, HMSO