HMS Agincourt (D86)

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HMS Agincourt underway
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Agincourt
Ordered: 1943
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Hebburn[1]
Yard number: 664
Laid down: 12 December 1943
Launched: 29 January 1945
Completed: 25 June 1947
Commissioned: 25 June 1947
Decommissioned: 1972
Fate: Broken up 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: Battle-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,480 tons standard
Length: 379 ft (116 m)
Beam: 40 ft 6 in (12.34 m)
  • 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m) mean
  • 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) maximum
Propulsion: Oil fired, two three-drum boilers, Parsons geared turbines, twin screws, 50,000 hp (37 MW)
Speed: 35.75 knots (66.21 km/h)
Complement: 268
Service record
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HMS Agincourt (D86) was a later or 1943 Battle-class fleet destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named in honour of the Battle of Agincourt, fought in 1415 during the Hundred Years' War. Agincourt was built by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Company Limited on the River Tyne. She was launched on 29 January 1945 and commissioned on 25 June 1947.


She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla, part of the Home Fleet based in the UK. In 1951, Agincourt subsequently became Captain (D), meaning she was the leader of the flotilla. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[2] In the following year Agincourt, along with the rest of the squadron, formerly flotilla, deployed to the Mediterranean. The squadron and Agincourt did not return home until the following year. In 1956 Agincourt she formed part of the Royal Navy force which took part in the Suez Crisis. In 1957, Agincourt, and the 4th Destroyer Squadron, returned to the Mediterranean.

Refit and conversion to Radar Picket[edit]

In 1959, Agincourt and three of her sister-ships underwent conversion to become radar pickets. The conversion included the addition of the Sea Cat missile and new radar, as well as newer Anti-Aircraft weaponry. In 1962, Agincourt returned to active duty and saw service in the Home and Mediterranean Fleets with a variety of squadrons. In 1966, Agincourt was reduced to Operational Reserve, and was subsequently placed on the disposal list in 1972. She was broken up in Sunderland in 1974.[3]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1948 1949 Captain Ralph G Swallow RN
1949 1950 Captain Deric D E Holland RN
1951 1952 Captain Martin J Evans RN
1952 1954 Captain J Lee-Barber DSO RN
1954 1956 Captain Nicholas A Copeman RN
1956 1957 Captain Derick H F Hetherington RN
1957 1959 Captain Erroll N Sinclair RN
1959 1962 Under conversion
1962 1964 Commander Elgar RN
1964 1964 Commander D J Hallifax RN
1964 1966 Lieutenant-Commander C Grant RN



  1. ^ "HMS Agincourt (D86)". Retrieved 6 Mar 2017. 
  2. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  3. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 115-6
  4. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie