HMS Broadsword (D31)

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HMS Broadsword (D31)
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Broadsword
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 20 July 1944
Launched: 4 February 1946
Completed: 4 October 1948
Identification: Pennant number G31/D31
Fate: Arrived at Inverkeithing for scrapping in October 1968
General characteristics
Class and type: Weapon-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,980 tons standard
Length: 365 ft (111 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Armament:

HMS Broadsword was a Weapon-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy in service from 1948 and scrapped in 1968.

Service[edit]

On commissioning in 1948 Broadsword became part of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla (later Squadron), as part of the Home Fleet, along with the other Weapon-class destroyers. In 1953 she went into reserve, being replaced in the 6th Destroyer Squadron by Comet.[1]

In 1957 all of the Weapon class were taken into refit and conversion to re-equip them as radar pickets, to supplement the new Salisbury-class frigates. Broadsword was converted at Rosyth. The conversion involved the removal of both sets of torpedo tubes and the erection of an additional lattice mast, which carried a large Type 965 Radar (AKE -1 aerial). She re-commissioned in October 1958 and was then allocated to the 7th Destroyer Squadron serving in Home and Mediterranean waters until paying off in 1963.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Following decommissioning Broadsword was towed on 25 April 1968 to Rosyth for use in target trials. She was scrapped at Inverkeithing, arriving there on 8 October 1968.

In popular culture[edit]

Broadsword was featured on the Look at Life (film series) shown on BBC Four titled 'Britain on Film' Episode 2:6 Messing About on Boats.[2] During the short clip, D31 is filmed from a trawler patrolling the fishing limits with Iceland at some time during the 1960s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critchley 1982, p. 124.
  2. ^ "Britain on Film". BBC Four. Retrieved 23 May 2015.

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