HMS Amazon (F169)
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PNS Babur (D182), former HMS Amazon, 2004
|Laid down:||6 November 1969|
|Launched:||26 April 1971|
|Commissioned:||11 May 1974|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1993|
|Identification:||Pennant number: F169|
|Fate:||Sold to Pakistan on 30 September 1993|
|Acquired:||30 September 1993|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2016[update]|
|Class & type:||Type 21 frigate|
|Displacement:||3,250 tons full load|
|Length:||384 ft (117 m)|
|Beam:||41 ft 9 in (12.73 m)|
|Draught:||19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Westland Wasp helicopter, later refitted for 1 × Lynx|
HMS Amazon was the first Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. Her keel was laid down at the Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Southampton, England. The ship suffered a fire in the Far East in 1977, drawing attention to the risk of building warships with aluminium superstructure.
In 1977 Amazon took part in the Fleet Review, of the Royal Navy at Spithead in celebration of HM the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Amazon was the only unit of her class to not participate in the Falklands War, as she was in the Persian Gulf at the time.
By the mid-1980s the surviving Type 21s were suffering cracking in the hull and so she was taken in for refitting, with a steel plate being welded down each side of the ship. At the same time modifications were made to reduce hull noise. Four Exocet launchers were also fitted in 'B' position, the last of the class to be so fitted.
Amazon decommissioned and was sold to Pakistan on 30 September 1993, being renamed Babur. Exocet was not transferred to Pakistan and Babur had her obsolete Sea Cat launcher removed. A Chinese LY 60N missile launcher was fitted in place of the Exocet launchers. Signaal DA08 air search radar replaced the Type 992 and SRBOC chaff launchers and 20 mm and 30 mm guns were fitted. Babur remains in service with the Pakistan Navy.
On 3 August 2011, a video surfaced on the Internet reportedly showing Babur brushing against the Indian frigate Godavari in the Gulf of Aden during the rescue of hostages on-board merchant vessel MV Suez in June.
|1975||1977||Commander David Dobson RN|
|1977||1978||Commander A B Richardson RN|
|1978||1979||Commander R N Woodard RN|
|1980||1982||Commander Ian Garnett RN|
|1986||1988||Commander R J Lippiett RN|
- Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
- "Video Shows PNS Babur Brushing Against INS Godavari". Outlook India. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- 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. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Marriott, Leo, 1983. Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983, Ian Allen Ltd, Surrey. ISBN 978-0-7110-1322-3