HMS Beaver (F93)
|Laid down:||20 June 1980|
|Launched:||8 May 1982|
|Commissioned:||13 December 1984|
|Decommissioned:||1 May 1999|
|Identification:||Pennant number: F93|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap 21 February 2001|
|Length:||146.5 m (481 ft)|
|Beam:||14.8 m (49 ft)|
|Draught:||6.4 m (21 ft)|
|Range:||8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters|
The ship was laid down at the Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd., Scotstoun, on 20 June 1980 and finally commissioned on 13 December 1984. Originally 22 ships of the class were planned to be built, but after the Falklands War, it was decided 10 was enough.
Power & Complement
With a maximum displacement of 4800 tons and a crew complement of 273 hands, HMS Beaver had a propulsion of 54,000HP from 2 Rolls Royce gas turbine Olympus TM3B and 2 Rolls Royce gas turbine Tyne RM1C engines, a maximum speed of 30 Knots and a range of 4,500 Nautical Miles.
Armaments & Equipment
- 4 × Exocet MM38 missiles
- 2 Seawolf SAM missiles
- 4 30 mm GCM-A03 guns
- 2 20 mm GAM-B01 guns
- 6 × 324 mm ASW torpedo tubes
Other equipment included:
- Radar Type 1006 for navigation
- Radar Type 967 / 968 for searching at air level
- Radar Type 911 for weapons guidance
- Sonar type 2016 for the bow
- Sonar type 2031 for towing from the stern
HMS Beaver was the adopted ship of the town of Bolton. Despite being many miles inland the town has a proud naval tradition based on the fact that during one week in the Second World War it raised one million pounds for the Royal Navy. The sixth HMS Dido was officially adopted by the town during the war to mark this honour.
Prior to decommissioning, it was possible for Beaver Scouts to become honorary members of the crew.
Decommissioning and fate
On 1 May 1999, HMS Beaver was decommissioned and then sold for scrap on 21 February 2001.
|1984||1985||Captain John S Lang RN|
|1987||1988||Captain Geoffrey A. Eades RN|
|1988||1988||Captain Andrew B Gough RN|
|1988||1990||Captain Anthony Morton RN|
|1993||1994||Captain Christopher Clayton|
|1994||1996||Captain Philip Jones RN|
|1997||1999||Captain Richard Ibbotson RN|
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