HMS Dundas (F48)
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HMS Dundas, the last active Type 14 "Captain" or "Blackwood" Class anti-submarine frigate at Portsmouth Navy Days, August 1980
|Namesake:||James Whitley Deans Dundas|
|Builder:||JS White and Co Ltd, Cowes|
|Laid down:||17 October 1952|
|Launched:||25 September 1953|
|Commissioned:||16 March 1956|
|Identification:||Pennant number: F48|
|Fate:||Broken up 1983|
|Class and type:||Blackwood-class frigate|
|Displacement:||1,456 tons (1,479 tonnes) full load|
|Length:||310 ft (94 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draught:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h)|
|Range:||5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
Orders and delivery
The Blackwood-class frigates were first ordered in 1951, with Dundas being the first to be commissioned, on 9 March 1956. They were considered to be of limited usage, and best kept for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) duties. Twelve were delivered in total. Dundas was built by JS White and Co Ltd, at Cowes.
Dundas had a crew of 140, a displacement of 1,180 tonnes when empty and 1,535 tonnes when full. She was 310 ft (94 m) long, 33 ft (10 m) on the beam and had a draught of 15 ft (4.6 m). She was powered by a Parsons or English Electric geared steam turbine, with two Babcock & Wilcox boilers giving 15,000 shp (11 MW) and a speed of 25 knots (46 km/h). Her armament included two Mk.NC 10 Limbo 3-barreled ASW mortars and two 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes in twin mounts. She was also equipped with sonar and radar.
In 1966 Dundas was part of the 2nd Frigate Squadron, based at Portland and used for anti-submarine training. In that year she was present at Portsmouth Navy Days. She subsequently completed a 14-month refit at Gibraltar Dockyard and re-commissioned on 21 June 1968. In the same year she took part in Navy Days at Portsmouth Dockyard.
In 1970 she was present at Portsmouth Navy Days, at the time she had just completed a refit in Gibraltar and was still part of the Second Frigate Squadron to help train officers and men in Anti-Submarine Warfare at Portland.
Decommissioning and disposal
|1964||1965||Commander A Mancais RN|
|1966||1966||Lieutenant-Commander J R T Bluett RN|
|1968||1968||Lieutenant-Commander J Garnier MVO RN|
|1970||1970||Lieutenant-Commander M Ruddle RN FIL|
|1977||1977||Lieutenant-Commander W J Christie RN|
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