HMS Relentless (H85)

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HMS Relentless 1942 IWM FL 1968.jpg
Relentless As Built, December 1942
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Relentless (H85)
Owner: Royal Navy
Ordered: May 1941
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank,Yard No.590
Laid down: 20 June 1941
Launched: 15 July 1942
Commissioned: 30 November 1942
Out of service: Reserve Fleet - November 1947
Reinstated: 1952. Converted to Type 15 Frigate
Honours and
awards:
SABANG 1944
Fate: Scrapped 1971
General characteristics
Class & type: R-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,705 tons standard, 2,425 tons full load
Length: 358ft overall
Beam: 35ft 9in
Draught: 9ft 6in
Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers, Parsons steam turbines, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW) on 2 shafts
Speed: 36 knots
Range: 4,675nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 176
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar - Type 290 air warning, Type 285 ranging and bearing
Armament: 4 x 4.7” Mk IX single guns; 4 x 2pdr Mk VIII (40mm L/39), quad mount Mk VII; 6 x QF 20mm Oerlikon, single mount P Mk III; 4 x throwers & 2 x racks, 70 depth charges

HMS Relentless (H85) was an R-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F185.

History[edit]

HMS Relentless (F185) after her conversion to a Type 15 frigate.

From 1946 until 1949 Relentless was held in reserve at Chatham and then Harwich. From 1949 until 1951 she underwent conversion to a Type 15 Anti-Submarine Frigate.[1] In 1951-1952 she was the leader of the 3rd Training Squadron.[2] In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[3]

In 1954 she was involved in a serious collision with HMS Vigilant.[4] From October 1956 until 1964 she was held in reserve at Gareloch, Chatham and Rosyth.

On 27 June 1964 she was re-commissioned to serve as part of the 29th Escort Squadron, to replace HMS Diana.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Relentless was placed on the disposal list in August 1965 and was sold to Thomas W. Ward Ltd for scrapping at Inverkeithing in 1971.

Commanding Officers[edit]

The Commanding Officer from 1951 to 1952 was Captain Michael Le Fanu RN.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 52
  2. ^ Mackie, Colin. "II: Royal Navy- Captains Commanding Warships". British Armed Forces (1900–). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  4. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 52
  5. ^ Mackie, Colin. "II: Royal Navy- Captains Commanding Warships". British Armed Forces (1900–). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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