BAP Ferré (DM-74)

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HMS Decoy c1953 (IWM)
HMS Decoy underway, c1953 (IWM)
United Kingdom
Name: Decoy
Builder: Yarrow and Co. Ltd, Glasgow
Laid down: 22 September 1946
Launched: 29 March 1949
Commissioned: 28 April 1953
Identification: D106
Fate: Sold to Peruvian Navy in 1969
Name: Ferré
Acquired: 1969
Commissioned: April, 1973
Decommissioned: 13 July 2007
Homeport: Callao
Identification: DM-74
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class and type: Daring-class destroyer
  • 2,819 tonnes standard
  • 3,592 tonnes full load
Length: 121.6 m (399 ft)
Beam: 13.1 m (43 ft)
Draught: 5.5 m (18 ft)
Draft: 4.6 m (15 ft)
  • 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
  • 2 English Electric geared steam turbines
  • 2 shafts; 54,800 shp (40,900 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 186 (18 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × Plessey AWS-1 early warning
  • 1 × Thomson-CSF Triton surface search
  • 1 × RTN-10X fire control
  • 1 × Decca 1226 navigation
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
F0417-501 intercept
Aviation facilities: Landing deck for 1 medium helicopter

BAP Ferré (DM-74) was a Daring-class destroyer in service with the Peruvian Navy from 1973 to 2007. She was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders and completed for the Royal Navy in 1953 as HMS Decoy (D106).

Royal Navy service[edit]

Within weeks of being first commissioned Decoy took part in the Fleet Review at Spithead to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.[1] In 1956 she formed part of the Royal Navy's force used during the Suez Operation. On 4 September 1957, she was run aground at Portland Harbour, Dorset, due to failure of her steering gear.[2]

Seacat missile trials on board HMS Decoy, 1961 (IWM A 34404)

During 1961 and 1962 the destroyer undertook trials for the Royal Navy's new Sea Cat missile system, being fitted with a single quadruple launcher on the port rear side, which was removed at the end of the trials.

Following a refit at Devonport Dockyard, Decoy recommissioned on 9 April 1963 and joined the 21st Escort Squadron with Berwick, Dido, Corunna and Cavendish.[3]

By 1966 she was in reserve and completed a long refit in Portsmouth Dockyard and recommissioned again on 15 August 1967 for a general service commission, which included the West Indies and the Far East. Before sailing she attended Portsmouth Navy Days in that year.[4] In 1968 she escorted a Hong Kong ship to Gibraltar at Masters request after unrest.[5]

Commanding officers (Royal Navy)[edit]

From To Captain
1953 1953 Captain R H Maurice DSO DSC RN
1956 1957 Captain Peter Hill-Norton RN
1957 1957 Captain F P Baker DSC RN
1960 1960 Captain E F Hamilton-Meikle MBE RN
1963 1963 Commander J K Stevens RN
1966 1966 In reserve
1967 1967 Commander J R Symonds-Tayler RN
1967 1969 Commander J J Black RN

Peruvian Navy service[edit]

BAP Ferre in 1974

After being decommissioned she was sold to Peru in 1969 together with her sister ship Diana. She was renamed after Diego Ferré, a war hero who died at the Battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific.

Prior to entering service with the Peruvian Navy she underwent a major refit by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead between 1970 and 1973. Work done during this refit included the following:

  • Rebuilding of the foremast for installation of the Plessey AWS-1 air-search radar
  • Installation of eight Exocet MM-38 SSMs in place of the Close Range Blind Fire Director forward of X turret
BAP Ferre in Callao Naval base, 2007

After the rebuild was done, Ferré was commissioned into the Peruvian Navy on April 1973. Further work was done on the ship by SIMA dockyards in Callao as follows:

Ferré tested her Exocet system against BAP Villar (ex-USS Benham) after Villar had been decommissioned from Peruvian service.[6]

After serving in two navies for 54 years, Ferré was decommissioned on 13 July 2007.[7]


  1. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  2. ^ "Destroyer Aground In Harbour". The Times (53938). London. 5 September 1957. col F, p. 2. 
  3. ^ Leaflet, 1963. HMS Decoy, 21st Escort Squadron, HMSO
  4. ^ Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth, 26th-28th August 1967, HMSO, p19.
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  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Supreme Decree No. 014-2007-DE/MGP" (PDF).  (1.33 MiB). 13 July 2007.[dead link]