HMS Crossbow (D96)

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Weapon-class destroyer HMS Crossbow (D96) moored at Trondheim. May 1961 (IWM HU 129783)
HMS Crossbow (D96) moored at Trondheim. May 1961 (IWM)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Crossbow
Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company
Laid down: 26 August 1944
Launched: 20 December 1945
Completed: 4 March 1948
Identification: Pennant number D96
Fate: Sold 14 December 1971, broken up at Briton Ferry
General characteristics
Class and type: Weapon-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,980 tons standard
Length: 365 ft (111 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)

HMS Crossbow was a Weapon-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that was in service from 1948 and scrapped in 1972.


On commissioning in 1948 Crossbow formed part of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla (later Squadron), as part of the Home Fleet, along with the other Weapon-class destroyers.[1] In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[2] In 1955 she was replaced in the 6th Destroyer Squadron by Contest.

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. Crossbow was converted at Chatham Dockyard. 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). Crossbow re-commissioned in 1959 and was then allocated to the 2nd Destroyer Squadron. She was present at Chatham Navy Days in April 1960.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

in 1963 Crossbow was reduced to operational reserve and three years later relieved the destroyer Solebay as the harbor training ship for the shore establishment Sultan. She was replaced in that role by the destroyer Diamond early in 1970. She was placed on the disposal list and sold to Thos W Ward for scrapping and arrived at their yard at Briton Ferry on 21 January 1972.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1950 1950 Lt Commander G J Kirkby RN
1953 1953 Commander C D Madden DSC RN
1960 1960 Commander D Hay RN


  1. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. pp. 124–126. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 
  2. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden