Ford-class seaward defence boat
|Type:||Large patrol craft|
|Beam:||20 ft (6.1 m) |
|Draught:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) |
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Armament:||Depth charge rails with both large and small charges|
The Ford-class seaward defence boats were built for the Royal Navy (with three built for the South African Navy) in the 1950s. They were designed to detect and attack hostile submarines, including midget submarines in inshore waters such as the approaches to large ports. They were powered by diesel engines and were planned to be armed with a single barreled Squid anti-submarine mortar. This special version of the Squid was a failure however, with the first Ford-class boat, HMS Shalford being fitted with a normal three-barreled Squid and the remaining vessels with a more conventional anti-submarine armament of depth-charge throwers. A single Bofors 40 mm gun completed the armament.
HMS Droxford served for a time as the tender for Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities Royal Naval Unit, and was administered by RNR Clyde. The vessel was used to train Midshipmen who were students of the universities and participated in fishery protection duties along the west coast of Scotland. HMS Beckford (P3104) was renamed HMS Dee and served as the tender to Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit.
- HMS Shalford (P3101)
- HMS Aberford (P3102) - Transferred to Kenyan Navy as KNS Nyati
- HMS Axford (P3103) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Kaduna
- HMS Beckford (P3104)
- HMS Brayford (P3105) - Transferred to SAN, initially as HMSAS Gelderland - Renamed to SAS Gelderland
- HMS Bryansford (P3106) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Ibadan II. Captured by Biafran forces during the Nigerian Civil War and put into Biafran navy as BNS Vigilance. Sunk by Nigerian Navy on 9 October 1967 at Port Harcourt.
- HMS Camberford (P3107)
- HMS Desford (P3108) - Transferred to Royal Ceylon Navy as HMCyS Kotiya
- HMS Greatford (P3109)
- HMS Gifford (P3111) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Bonny
- HMS Droxford (P3113)
- HMS Mayford (P3114)
- HMS Hinksford (P3115) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Benin
- HMS Ickford (P3116)
- HMS Dubford (P3119) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Sapele
- HMS Glassford (P3120) - Transferred to SAN, initially as HMSAS Nautilus - Renamed to SAS Nautilus
- HMS Kingsford (P3121)
- HMS Marlingford (P3122)
- HMS Tilford (P3123)
- HMS Montford (P3124) - Transferred to Nigerian Navy as NNS Ibadan
- HMSAS Rijger (P3125) - Renamed SAS Rijger
- HMSAS Haerlem (P3126) - Renamed SAS Haerlem
- HMSAS Oosterland (P3127) - Renamed SAS Oosterland
- Jane's Fighting Ships 1983-84. p. 603. ISBN 0-7106-0774-1.
- Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p. 536.
- Blackman 1971, p. 369.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.