HMS Lynx (F27)

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History
United Kingdom
Ordered: 28 June 1951
Builder: John Brown and Company
Laid down: 13 August 1953
Launched: 12 January 1955
Commissioned: 14 March 1957
Fate: Sold to Bangladesh 12 March 1982
Status: scrapped 2017[citation needed]
General characteristics
Class and type: Leopard-class frigate
Displacement:
  • 2,300 long tons (2,300 t) normal
  • 2,520 long tons (2,560 t) deep load
Length: 340 ft (103.6 m) oa
Beam: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Draught: 11 ft 10 in (3.61 m)
Propulsion:

Eight ASR1 diesels; 14,400 shp (10,700 kW)

2 shafts
Speed: 24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Range: 2200 miles at 18 kts
Complement: 205
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radars:
    • Long range air search: Type 960
    • Air/surface search: Type 992Q
    • Fire control: Type 275, Type 262
  • Sonar: Type 170, Type 174
Armament:

HMS Lynx (F27), was a Leopard-class Type 41 anti aircraft frigate of the British Royal Navy, named after the lynx.

She was laid down by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, on 13 August 1953, launched on 12 January 1955, and commissioned on 14 March 1957.

Royal Navy Service[edit]

On commissioning Lynx was the leader of the 7th Frigate Squadron.[1]

She attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead.[2]

Bangladeshi Navy Service[edit]

She was transferred to the Bangladeshi Navy 12 March 1982 and renamed BNS Abu Bakar. She was assigned to the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN). About 200 personnel served aboard Abu Bakar, with most living aboard her.[3] She was decommissioned during a ceremony held in her homeport Chittagong on 22 January 2014.[4] Name and number were taken by one of the two former Chinese JIANGHU III class frigates which reportedly had already begun their transfer voyage.

Commanding Officers[edit]

[5]

From To Captain
1957 1957 Captain J M D Gray OBE RN
1958 1960 Captain William G Meeke RN
1960 1961 Captain Robin A Begg RN
1963 1965 Captain Peter M Austin RN
1965 1966 Captain Peter G R Mitchell MVO RN
1971 1974 Commander Christopher (Kit) Layman RN
1977 1979 Lieutenant Commander G A Cole MBE RN

1982 Lieutenant Commander B.E.(Ted)Seath RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Navy List, HMSO, January 1958
  2. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
  3. ^ http://www.modernghana.com/newsp/215745/5/pagenum3/in-war-and-peace-invincible-at-sea-bangladesh-navy.html
  4. ^ "BNS Abu Bakar, BNS Ali Haider de-commissioned". Dhaka Tribune. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie

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