HMS Dundas (F48)

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The last active Type 14 "Captain" or "Blackwood" Class anti-submarine frigate "HMS Dundas", 1,456 tons, launched 1953, commissioned 1956. At Portsmouth Navy Days, August 1980.
HMS Dundas, the last active Type 14 "Captain" or "Blackwood" Class anti-submarine frigate at Portsmouth Navy Days, August 1980
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dundas
Namesake: James Whitley Deans Dundas
Builder: JS White and Co Ltd, Cowes
Laid down: 17 October 1952
Launched: 25 September 1953
Acquired: March 1956
Commissioned: 16 March 1956
Identification: Pennant number: F48
Fate: Broken up 1983
General characteristics
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)
  • Y-100 plant
  • 2 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers
  • steam turbines on single shaft
  • 15,000 shp (11 MW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 112
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar Type 974 navigation
  • Sonar Type 174 search
  • Sonar Type 162 target classification
  • Sonar Type 170 targeting

HMS Dundas was a Blackwood-class anti-submarine warfare frigate of the Royal Navy.[1]

Orders and delivery[edit]

The Blackwood-class frigates were first ordered in 1951, with Dundas being the first to be commissioned, on 9 March 1956.[2] 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.[3]


Dundas appeared in the Ava Gardner film The Little Hut in 1957.

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Dundas attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead when she was part of the 2nd Frigate Squadron.[7]

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Dundas was eventually scrapped in Troon in April 1983.[8]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
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


  1. ^ "HMS Dundas (1956) FF (2nd)". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Unit History: HMS Dundas". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Blackwood Class (Type 14)". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Programme, Navy Days at Portsmouth 27–29 August 1966, HMSO p.17
  5. ^ Programme, Navy Days at Portsmouth August 31st-September 2nd 1968, p.19.
  6. ^ Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth, 29th-31st August 1970, p19.
  7. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
  8. ^ "Blackwood Class Frigates". Retrieved 7 October 2012.