HMS Teazer (R23)

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HMS Teazer (R23) IWM FL 009520.jpg
HMS Teazer in September 1943
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Teazer (R23)
HMS Teazer (F23)
Ordered: March 1941
Builder: Cammell Laird
Yard number: 1099
Laid down: 20 October 1941
Launched: 7 January 1943
Commissioned: 13 September 1943
Reclassified: Converted to Type 16 frigate 1952
Identification: Pennant number: R23 (F23 after 1954)
Honours and
Mediterranean 1943
Adriatic 1944
South France 1944
Aegean 1944
Fate: Scrapped 7 August 1965
General characteristics
Class & type: T-class destroyer
Type: Type 16 frigate

HMS Teazer was a T-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. She was later converted to a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F23.

Wartime Service[edit]

During the month of September 1943, HMS Teazer underwent Builder's Trials before being commissioned. Upon commissioning, she was accepted into the 24th Destroyer Flotilla. Upon deployment with the flotilla, HMS Teazer underwent working up exercises in Scapa Flow before sailing for the Mediterranean theatre, where, in November, she supported ground operations by the British X Corps in the Minturno sector.

In July of 1944, she was placed under U.S Navy command and was one of the ships scheduled to support the landing in the South of France as part of Operation Dragoon.

During the allied withdrawal form the Aegean in 1944, HMS Teazer was responsible for the sinking of the transport ship KT Erpel and the submarine chaser UJ2171 off Cape Spatha.

In May of 1945, following a refit in January and February, she was assigned to Task Force 57 and then TF37 in the Pacific and was responsible for providing an escort screen to the large Royal Navy carriers used in raids on the Japanese Home Islands.

Upon the surrender of the Japanese, she was present at the surrender ceremony on 27th August 1945 in Tokyo Bay.

In popular Culture[edit]

In 1957. Teazer was used during the making of the film Yangtse Incident. She depicted both HMS Consort and HMS Concord. Some of the most impressive scenes in the film come when this wartime destroyer is seen steaming at speed and firing broadsides in the narrow confines of the River Orwell.

Doctor Who companion, Ben Jackson, was assigned to HMS Teazer, as shown on his uniform cap. Within the "Whoniverse", Teazer was still in service in 1966. In July of that year, she had recently left England, bound for the West Indies, leaving Ben seconded to a shore posting and very disappointed.[1]

Following decommissioning Teazer was sold to Arnott Young, Dalmuir for scrapping, arriving there on the 7th August 1965.


  1. ^ The War Machines eps. 1 and 4.


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