HMS Ambuscade (F172)

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HMS Ambuscade (F172).jpg
Ambuscade firing her 4.5" gun
History
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Ambuscade
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Yard number: 1008
Laid down: 1 September 1971
Launched: 18 January 1973
Commissioned: 5 September 1975
Decommissioned: 28 July 1993
Identification: Pennant number: F172
Motto:
  • Tempori insidior
  • ("I bide my time")
Fate: Sold to Pakistan on 28 July 1993
General characteristics
Class and 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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range:
  • 4,000 nautical miles at 17 knots (7,400 km at 31 km/h)
  • 1,200 nautical miles at 30 knots (2,220 km at 56 km/h)
Complement: 177
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 × Westland Wasp helicopter, later refitted for 1 × Westland Lynx

HMS Ambuscade was a Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland. She was sold to Pakistan in 1993 and is still in service as the PNS Tariq.

Service history[edit]

Ambuscade took part in the Falklands War and by the mid-1980s was suffering from cracking in her hull. 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. Exocet launchers were also added in 'B' position later on in 1984/5 and 3" launchers relocated to 02 deck midships.

In 1983 Ambuscade collided with USS Dale in the Indian Ocean, resulting in part of her bows being torn away.[1] Ambuscade was laid up in Bombay for 6 weeks while a new bow was constructed and fitted.[2]

On 8 June 1984, Ambuscade went to the assistance of the schooner Stena of Sitoo, which had struck an object in the North Sea and been holed below the waterline.[3][4]

From To Detail Note
1975 1976 sea trials
1977 1977 Standing Naval Force Atlantic 6 months
1978 1978 5th Frigate Squadron and cruiser HMS Blake. Western Atlantic and Pacific 5 months
1979 1979 UK waters
1979 1979 Belize and West Indies Guardship
1980 1980 Refit at Devonport
1981 1982 Sea training. Armilla Patrol
1982 1982 South Atlantic (Falklands War)
1983 1983 Collision while on Armilla Patrol
1983 1984 West Indies Guardship
1984 1986 Refit at Devonport
1986 1987 Falklands Guardship
1988 1988 West Indies Guardship
1989 1989 UK and Europe
1990 1990 Falklands Guardship
1991 1991 West Indies Guardship
1992 1992 Falklands Guardship
1993 1993 Sold to the Pakistan Navy

Commanding officers[edit]

HMS Ambuscade at the HM Dockyard Bermuda (HMS Malabar) in 1988
Period Captain[5]
1975 - 1976 Commander A. P Harris RN
1976 - 1978 Commander Peter Abbott RN
1977 - 1979 Commander M P Gretton RN
1991 - 1993 Commander Stephen Kirby RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HMS Ambuscade". Clydebuilt. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Collision USS Dale". HMS Ambuscade Association. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Air-sea aid for holed schooner". The Times (61853). London. 9 June 1984. col A, B, p. 3. 
  4. ^ HMS Ambuscade: RN Career and Programme reference for following table]
  5. ^ "HMS Ambuscade". Type21Club. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 

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