HMS Odzani (K356)

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HMS Odzani 1943 IWM FL 16954.jpg
Odzani in August 1943
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Odzani
Builder: Smiths Dock Co., South Bank-on-Tees
Laid down: 18 November 1942
Launched: 19 May 1943
Commissioned: 2 September 1943
Fate: Scrapped June 1957
General characteristics
Class and type: River-class frigate
Displacement:
  • 1,370 long tons (1,390 t)
  • 1,830 long tons (1,860 t) (deep load)
Length:
  • 283 ft (86.26 m) p/p
  • 301.25 ft (91.82 m)o/a
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.74 m); 13 ft (3.96 m) (deep load)
Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, reciprocating vertical triple expansion, 5,500 ihp (4,100 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37.0 km/h)
Range: 646 long tons (656 t) oil fuel; 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) at 15 knots (27.8 km/h)
Complement: 140
Armament:

HMS Odzani (K356) was a River-class frigate that served in the Royal Navy.

Construction and design[edit]

Odzani was one of three River-class frigates ordered by the British Admiralty on 15 July 1942.[1] She was named after a river in Mashonaland (then part of Southern Rhodesia, now part of Zimbabwe) following the loss of the destroyer Mashona in 1941.[2] The ship was laid down at Smith Dock's Middlesbrough shipyard on 18 November 1942, was launched on 19 May 1943 and completed on 2 September that year.[1]

The River-class ships were 301 feet 4 inches (91.85 m) long overall and 283 feet 0 inches (86.26 m) between perpendiculars, with a beam of 36 feet 6 inches (11.13 m) and a draught of 11 feet 10 inches (3.61 m). Displacement was 1,397 long tons (1,419 t) standard and 1,925 long tons (1,956 t) deep load.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Friedman 2008, p. 334
  2. ^ Manning & Walker 1959, p. 323
  3. ^ Friedman 2008, p. 321
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