HMS Tanatside (L69)

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HMS Tanatside FL19666.jpg
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Tanatside (L69)
Ordered: 23 August 1940
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 23 June 1941
Launched: 30 April 1942
Commissioned: August 1942
Out of service: Loaned to the Royal Hellenic Navy in 1946
Honours and
Fate: Scrapped in January 1964
Badge: On a Field per fess wavy White and Blue, an oak tree eradicated proper enfiled with a mural crown Gold.
Career (Greece)
Name: HHMS Adrias (D06)
Fate: Returned to the Royal Navy in August 1962
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,050 long tons (1,070 t) standard
1,435 long tons (1,458 t) full load
Length: 85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a
Beam: 10.16 m (33 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
2 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 19,000 shp
Speed: 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
25.5 kn (29.3 mph; 47.2 km/h) full
Range: 2,350 nmi (4,350 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 168
Armament: • 4 × QF 4 in Mark XVI guns on twin mounts Mk. XIX

• 4 × QF 2 pdr Mk. VIII on quad mount MK.VII
• 2 × 20 mm Oerlikons on single mounts P Mk. III
• 2 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

• 110 depth charges, 4 throwers, 3 racks

HMS Tanatside was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Yarrow in April 1942. Ships of this class were designed as cheap, easily built vessels for convoy escort and antisubmarine duties. She was named like her sisters after a fox hunt, in her case one in North Wales. War bonds were issued to finance the building of warships. Tanatside was funded by people from Tregaron, Aberaeron, New Quay, Aberystwyth and Teifiside, in a nod to the ship's name. Plaques were presented to each of these townships.[1] During a Warship Week held between 14 and 21 March 1942 the civil community of the Welsh county of Cardiganshire adopted the ship.

She took part in Operation Tunnel anti shipping forays and was present at Omaha Beach, where she approached the beach to assist in the destruction of German defences.

After the Second World War, Tanatside was transferred to the Greek Navy and renamed Adrias, after a sister-ship Adrias, the former HMS Border, which was seriously damaged by mines in October 1943 and which was not repaired. She was scrapped in 1964.

She was used by Dean's Marine, a UK-based radio controlled model company, as the example type for a model of the Hunt-class destroyers.


  1. ^ Ceredigian County Council


Coordinates: 58°13′N 3°18′E / 58.217°N 3.300°E / 58.217; 3.300