HMS Armada (D14)

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HMS Armada
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Armada
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company
Laid down: 29 December 1942
Launched: 9 December 1943
Commissioned: 2 July 1945
Decommissioned: 1960
Identification: Pennant number D14
Fate: Sold for breaking up, 1965
General characteristics
Class and type: Battle-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,325 tons
Length: 379 ft (116 m)
Beam: 40.25 ft (12.27 m)

HMS Armada was a Battle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy (RN). She was named in honour of the English victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588. Armada was built by Hawthorn Leslie and Company on the Tyne. She was launched on 9 December 1943 and commissioned on 2 July 1945.

Royal Navy service[edit]

In 1945, Armada joined the British Pacific Fleet but did not see action during the Second World War. The following year, as part of the 19th Destroyer Flotilla, Armada deployed to the Far East, performing a variety of duties while based there, and the following year, Armada, with the rest of the 19th Flotilla, returned home to the UK, visiting a variety of ports on the way, mainly on 'fly-the-flag' visits. Upon reaching the UK, Armada was placed in Reserve. In 1949, Armada joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, deploying to the Mediterranean as part of that flotilla.[1]

In 1950, Armada, while still based in the Mediterranean, was involved in a collision. Armada remained in the sunny climes of the Mediterranean until returning home to the UK with the rest of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla. In 1956, Armada was in the area during the Suez Crisis in 1956, which took place in response to the Egyptian President Nasser's nationalisation of the Suez Canal. She subsequently returned to home waters when she, now Captain (D) of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, meaning that she was the leader of the flotilla, joined the Home Fleet.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

In 1960, Armada was decommissioned, and in 1965, she was sold to Thos W Ward for scrapping at Inverkeithing.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1945 1946 Lt Cdr Robert Augustus Fell RN
1950 1951
1952 1953
1953 1955
1956 1957 Captain A A Fitzroy Talbot RN
1957 1958 Captain Eric V. St. J. MorganRN
1958 1959 Commander Mark Kerr RN


  1. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. pp. 106–7. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2.