HMS Boxer (F92)

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HMS BOXER F92.jpg
Boxer in January 1999
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Boxer
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 1 November 1979
Launched: 17 June 1981
Commissioned: 22 December 1983
Decommissioned: 4 August 1999
Identification: Pennant number: F92
Motto:
  • Praemonitus Praemunitis
  • (Latin: "Forewarned is Forearmed")
Fate: Sunk as a target vessel
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 22 frigate
Displacement: 4,800 tons
Length: 146.5 m (481 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (49 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph) cruise
  • 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph) full
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Complement: 273
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters

HMS Boxer was the first of the Batch 2 Type 22 frigates of the Royal Navy. She was decommissioned on 4 August 1999 and expended as a target in August 2004.

Service[edit]

Her nickname was The Billy B or Pinocchio, due to her extended bows.[citation needed] She was one of only two Batch 2s (the other being Beaver) fitted with the lower-height hangar of the Batch 1s, so she could only accommodate Lynx helicopters. On coming out of refit in 1990, with a clean bottom she achieved close to 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph).

During 1996 and 1997 she was leader of the 1st Frigate Squadron.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain[1]
1982 1984 Captain Later Rear Admiral Colin Cooke-Priest, CB Commander RVO, FRAeS, RN
1984 1986 Captain C A B Nixon Eckersall RN
1986 1988 Commander Later Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE RN
1988 1990
1990 1992 Commander T J H Lawrence RN
1991 1993 Commander Richard Ibbotson RN
1993 1994 Commander Eric Fraser RN (later Cdre Fraser CBE)
1996 1997 Captain David A Lewis RN
1999 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackie, Colin. "II: Royal Navy- Captains Commanding Warships". British Armed Forces (1900–). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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