Fola (CM12)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Blaxton
Namesake: Village of Blaxton, Doncaster
Launched: 21 June 1955
Fate: Transferred to Irish Naval Service
Career (Republic of Ireland)
Name: Fola (CM12)
Namesake: Fóla, a legendary queen of the Tuatha Dé Danann
Acquired: 22 February 1971
Commissioned: 23 February 1971
Decommissioned: 1987
General characteristics
Class & type: Ton-class minesweeper
Displacement: 360 tonnes
Length: 42.67 m (140.0 ft) overall
Beam: 8.4 m (28 ft)
Draught: 2.49 m (8 ft 2 in)
Speed: 28 km/h (15 kn) maximum
Complement: 30
Armament: 2 x 40/60 mm Bofors
2 x 20 mm Oerlikon AA

Fola (CM12) was a Ton-class minesweeper of the Irish Naval Service.

Launched in 1955 as HMS Blaxton (M1131) for the Royal Navy (RN), the minesweeper was transferred to the Irish Naval Service on 22 February 1971, and renamed after Fóla, a legendary queen of the Tuatha Dé Danann and a poetic name for Ireland.

The minehunter remained in service until 1987, when she was sold for breaking.

Construction[edit]

Blaxton was launched on 21 June 1955.

Operational history[edit]

Royal Navy[edit]

Irish Naval Service[edit]

HMS Blaxton was handed over to the Irish Naval Service on 22 February 1971 and commissioned as Fola by Lieutenant Commander Deasy at Gibraltar the next day.[citation needed]

Following her commissioning, Fola in company with Banba worked up in the Western Mediterranean so that they could complete Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials.[citation needed] On 20 March both ships left the Mediterranean for home, however on the way a storm blew up forcing them to take refuge in Lisbon.[citation needed] The two newest additions to the Navy finally arrived on 29 March 1971.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

In 1987, Fola was decommissioned and sold to Spanish interests for breaking.