HMS Carysfort (R25)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS Carysfort
Builder: J. Samuel White & Co, Cowes
Laid down: 12 May 1943
Launched: 25 July 1944
Commissioned: 10 February 1945
In service: March 1945
Out of service: February 1969
Motto: Manus haec inimica tyrannis : ‘This hand is deadly to tyrants’
Fate: Sold for scrap to BISCO on 23 October 1970 and broken up by J Cashmore. She arrived in tow at the breakers yard in Newport on 15 November 1970.
Badge: On a Field Red, out of a ducal coronet gold, an ostrich head Silver in his beak a key Gold.
General characteristics
Class and type: C-class destroyer
  • 1,710 tons (1,730 tonnes)
  • 2,530 tons full (2,570 tonnes)
Length: 362.75 ft (110.57 m) o/a
Beam: 35.75 ft (10.90 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
  • 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
  • Parsons single-reduction geared steam turbines,
  • 40,000 shp (30 MW), 2 shafts
Speed: 36 kn (67 km/h) / 32 kn (59 km/h) full
  • 4,675 nmi (8,658 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
  • 1,400 nmi (2,600 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 186 (222 as leader)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar Type 276 target indication
  • Radar Type 291 air warning
  • Radar Type 285 fire control on director Type K
  • Radar Type 282 fire control on 40 mm mount Mk.IV

HMS Carysfort was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was ordered in 1941, originally under the name HMS Pique.

Her name was changed to conform with the initials "Ca" to her seven sister ships. She is named after John Proby, a politician who was also a Lord of the Admiralty in 1750. In 1752 he was created Baron Carysfort. His son, William Proby, Lord Proby, and his grandson, Granville Proby, 3rd Earl of Carysfort, were both naval officers, the latter eventually became an Admiral. She was the fifth Royal Navy warship to carry the name Carysfort. She was built and engined by J. Samuel White & Co. The keel was to be laid down on 4 May 1943 but was delayed until 12 May 1943 because of German bombing raids. She was launched on 25 July 1944 and completed on 20 February 1945. Her original pennant number was R25 changing to D25 after the Second World War.[1]

Operational service[edit]

After the war Carysfort was placed in reserve and subsequently modernised, re-entering service in 1956 as part of the 6th Destroyer Squadron. She was recommissioned on 4 March 1958. Both of these commissions were in Home and Mediterranean waters. In 1959 Carysfort was part of the Home Fleet and took part in 'Navy Days' in Portsmouth during that year.[2] She subsequently served in the Far East during the Indonesian Confrontation.

Between November 1962 and May 1964 she underwent a refit at Gibraltar and then joined the 27th Escort Squadron and spent two deployments in the Mediterranean and Far East.[3] Her last deployment was to the Far East between October 1967 and October 1968.

She remained in the Active Fleet until February 1969 when she was placed in Reserve. After being placed on the Disposal List she was sold on 20 October 1970 to BISCO for demolition by J Cashmore. She arrived in tow at the breakers yard in Newport on 15 November that year.[1]

Commanding Officers[edit]


From To Captain
1944 1945 Lieutenant Commander L St G Rich DSO RN
1945 1946 Commander A L Hobson RN
1956 1958 Commander R J Trowbridge RN
1958 1959 Commander M M Dunlop DSC RN
1959 1960 Commander C H Fothergill RN
1960 1960 Commander J W Pertwee RN
1961 1962 Commander P Jackson RN
1964 1965 Commander G M F Brewer RN
1965 1966 Commander M Sands RN
1966 1968 Commander R J Bates RN
1968 1969 Commander D J R Chapman RN


  1. ^ a b Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004). Gordon Smith, ed. "HMS Carysfort (R 25) - Ca-class Destroyer". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth 28-30th March 1959, HMSO
  3. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 92. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 
  4. ^ "Commanding Officers". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 


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