HMS Chequers (R61)
HMS Chequers on completion, 15 September 1945.
|Ordered:||24 July 1942|
|Builder:||Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down:||4 May 1943|
|Launched:||30 October 1944|
|Commissioned:||28 September 1945|
|Identification:||Pennant number: R61 later changed to D61|
|Fate:||Sold to John Cashmore Ltd on 23 July 1966|
|Class and type:||C-class destroyer|
|Length:||362.75 ft (110.57 m)|
|Beam:||35.66 ft (10.87 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m) (mean), 16 ft (4.9 m) (max.)|
|Installed power:||40,000 hp (30,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Parsons geared turbines, 2 shafts; 2 Admiralty 3-drum type boilers|
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
The Royal Navy ordered Chequers on 24 July 1942, one of eight C-class "Intermediate" destroyers of the 1942 Programme. She was built by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland and commissioned in December 1945, too late for service during the Second World War.
Chequers was assigned to, and became leader of, the 1st Destroyer Squadron based at Malta between 1948 and 1954. She saw service, along with other Royal Navy ships, in preventing illegal immigration into Palestine in 1947. She was given an interim modernization in 1954, which saw her 'X' turret at the rear of the ship replaced by two Squid anti-submarine mortars.
Decommissioning and disposal
Chequers was decommissioned and placed in Operational reserve in 1954. She was placed on the disposal list in 1964. She was sold to John Cashmore Ltd for scrapping and arrived at their yard in Newport, Wales on 23 July 1966.
|1945||1947||Capt John Henry Ruck-Keene DSC OBE RN|
|1948||1950||Captain John E H McBeath RN|
|1950||1951||Captain Michael S Townsend RN|
|1951||1953||Captain Charles E Keys RN|
|1953||1954||Captain Ralph C M Duckworth RN|
|1954||1955||Captain Hugh S Mackenzie RN|
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