HMS Battleaxe (F89)

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HMS Battleaxe
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Battleaxe
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 4 February 1976
Launched: 18 May 1977
Commissioned: 28 March 1980
Decommissioned: 30 August 1996
Identification: Pennant number: F89
Fate: Sold to Brazil 30 April 1997
Brazilian Naval EnsignBrazil
Name: Rademaker
Operator: Brazilian Navy
Identification: Pennant number: F49
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 22 frigate
Displacement: 4,400 tons
Length: 131.2 m (430 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (49 ft)
Draught: 6.1 m (20 ft)
  • 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) cruise
  • 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) top speed
Complement: 222
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters
For other ships with the same name, see HMS Battleaxe.

HMS Battleaxe was a Type 22 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was sold to the Brazilian Navy on 30 April 1997 and renamed Rademaker.

NAe Rademaker was involved in an unfortunate incident on 29 November 2004, during the annual FRATERNO naval exercise with ships of the Argentinian Navy. While conducting gunnery practice shots against target drones, a technical failure of her automatic weapons system made the Argentinian frigate ARA Sarandi fire on the Brazilian frigate Rademaker, causing injuries to four Brazilian crewmen and an Argentine naval observer, as well as moderate damage to NAe Rademaker.

HMS Battleaxe was featured in Tom Clancy's novel Red Storm Rising.

BNS Rademaker, ex-HMS Battleaxe