BAP Ferré (DM-74)
HMS Decoy underway, c1953 (IWM)
|Builder:||Yarrow and Co. Ltd, Glasgow|
|Laid down:||22 September 1946|
|Launched:||29 March 1949|
|Commissioned:||28 April 1953|
|Fate:||Sold to Peruvian Navy in 1969|
|Decommissioned:||13 July 2007|
|Class and type:||Daring-class destroyer|
|Length:||121.6 m (399 ft)|
|Beam:||13.1 m (43 ft)|
|Draught:||5.5 m (18 ft)|
|Draft:||4.6 m (15 ft)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h)|
|Range:||3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Complement:||186 (18 officers)|
|Aviation facilities:||Landing deck for 1 medium helicopter|
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. 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.
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.
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. In 1968 she escorted a Hong Kong ship to Gibraltar at Masters request after unrest.
|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|
|1967||1967||Commander J R Symonds-Tayler RN|
|1967||1969||Commander J J Black RN|
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.
- 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
- In 1975-76 the Squid ASW mortar was removed and a helicopter landing deck fitted
- In 1977-1978 two OTO Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO compact gun mountings were installed as was the AESN NA-10 gun fire-control system and an AESN RTN-10X fire-control radar
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