HMS Dunkirk (D09)
|Builder:||Alexander Stephen and Sons|
|Laid down:||19 July 1944|
|Launched:||27 August 1945|
|Commissioned:||27 November 1946|
|Fate:||Broken up 1965|
|Class and type:||Battle class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2,480 tons standard|
|Length:||379 ft (116 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft 6 in (12.34 m)|
|Propulsion:||Oil fired, two three-drum boilers, Parsons geared turbines, twin propellers, 50,000 hp|
|Speed:||35.75 knots (66.21 km/h)|
HMS Dunkirk (D09) was a later or 1943 Battle-class fleet destroyer of the British Royal Navy (RN). Though there were other ships of the Navy that had been named Dunkirk, as far back as the 1650s, it held added meaning after the dramatic, and at times, tragic and heroic evacuation from Dunkirk between late May and early June 1940, in which over 300,000 British, as well as French troops, were rescued by a ragtag fleet of ships.
In the year of her commissioning, Dunkirk joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet. In 1950, Dunkirk was placed in Reserve, as were many of her sister-ships in the 1950s. She subsequently performed a variety of duties and in 1958, while in the Mediterranean, Dunkirk, in broad daylight, collided with her sister-ship HMS Jutland during naval manoeuvres off Malta, causing minor damage.
In 1961, Dunkirk, along with the cruiser HMS Lion and the frigate HMS Leopard, undertook a tour of the South American continent. Instead of returning home to the UK from the deployment's culmination Dunkirk deployed to the Mediterranean to take up the duties of HMS Broadsword, a Weapon-class destroyer of the 7th Destroyer Squadron, based in the Mediterranean, which had experienced some engine problems and therefore had to be replaced. Dunkirk finally returned home in 1963.
Decommissioning and disposal
In 1965 Dunkirk was listed as 'reserve' and later that year was scrapped at Faslane.
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