HMS Nubian (F131)

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HMS Nubian
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Nubian
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: 7 September 1959
Launched: 6 September 1960
Commissioned: 9 October 1962
Identification: Pennant number F131
Fate: Sunk as target 1987
General characteristics
Class and type: Tribal-class frigate
Service record
Operations: Beira Patrol

HMS Nubian was a Tribal-class frigate of the Royal Navy in service from 1962 and 1979. She was named after the Nubian ethnic group, located in Egypt and Sudan. She was sunk as a target in 1987.

Nubian was built by Portsmouth Dockyard,[1] at a cost of £4,360,000.[2] She was launched on 6 September 1960 by Lady Holland-Martin, wife of Vice-Admiral Sir Deric Holland-Martin,[3] and commissioned on 9 October 1962.[1]

Operational service[edit]

In 1964, Nubian suffered a collision that caused minor damage.[citation needed] She joined the Beira Patrol off Mozambique in 1967, supporting the enforcement of an oil blockade of Rhodesia.[4] Nubian constituted the escort for the trans-Atlantic air race in 1969 that commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Alcock and Brown's non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Britain.[citation needed] In 1971 she was present at Portsmouth Navy Days.[5] In 1975, Nubian reinforced the British garrison in Belize after Guatemala intensified its threats to annex the territory.[6]

Nubian was present at the 1977 Spithead Fleet Review, held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. At this time she was part of the 5th Frigate Squadron.[7]

In 1978, Nubian assisted in the cleanup after the supertanker Amoco Cadiz grounded off the coast of Brittany; more than 200,000 tons (180,000 metric tons) of oil had polluted the Brittany coastline.[citation needed]

Nubian entered the reserve in 1979, being placed in the Standby Squadron and put on the disposal list in 1981.[8] While in reserve, Nubian became a training ship and had parts cannibalised for three sister-ships sold to Indonesia in 1984.[citation needed] The frigate was sunk as a target on 27 May 1987.[9]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Commanding Officer
1962 1964 Captain I W Jamieson RN
1964 1966 Captain E G Brown RN
1966 1969 Captain D E deM Leathes RN
1969 1971 Commander G T J O Dalton RN
1972 1974 Commander M J G Howitt RN
1974 1977 Commander R J Onslow RN
1977 1977 Commander J R Griffiths RN
1978 1979 Commander I D MacKenzie RN


  1. ^ a b Gardiner, Robert & Chesneau, Roger (1995), p. 518.
  2. ^ "Nuclear Submarine Costs £18M". The Times (55633): Col A, p. 6. 23 February 1963.
  3. ^ "Frigate In A Hurry". The Times (54870): Col B, p. 14. 7 September 1960.
  4. ^ "Navy Checks On Tanker Off Beira". The Times (56904): Col G, p. 1. 1 April 1967.
  5. ^ Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth, 29th-31st August 1971, p13.
  6. ^ "Britain winning support for Belize self-determination". The Times (59552): Col B, p. 7. 13 November 1975.
  7. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
  8. ^ Hansard (26 April 1982), Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  9. ^ Colledge, J. J. & Warlow, Ben (2010), p. 284.