HMS Offa (G29)

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HMS Offa
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Offa
Ordered: 3 September 1939
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan
Laid down: 15 January 1940
Launched: 11 March 1941
Commissioned: 20 September 1941
Fate: Transferred to Pakistan, 30 November 1949
Name: Tariq
Acquired: 30 November 1949
Identification: pennant number: G29
Fate: Scrapped 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: O-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,540 long tons (1,560 t)
Length: 345 ft (105 m) o/a
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
  • 2 × Pearson geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
  • 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)
Range: 3,850 nmi (7,130 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Endurance: 472 tons oil
Complement: 175+

HMS Offa was an O-class destroyer of the Royal Navy which entered service in 1941 and was scrapped in 1959.

Service history[edit]

Second World War service[edit]

During November 1941 Offa was part of the escort of Convoy PQ-4, the fifth of the Arctic Convoys of the Second World War. The convoy sailed from Hvalfjord, Iceland on 17 November 1941 and arrived at Arkhangelsk on 28 November 1941.[1]

On 14 September 1942 Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing) picked up survivors from the British tanker Atheltemplar which had been damaged by a torpedo from the German submarine U-457 south west of Bear Island.

On 26 January 1944, under Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard Offa picked up survivors from the British merchant Fort Bellingham that was sunk by a torpedo from the German submarine U-957 in the Barents Sea north of North Cape.

Postwar service[edit]

In 1946 Offa served as a target ship for submarines, until being placed in reserve at Devonport in February 1948.[2] In April 1948 she was refitted at Devonport and on 30 November 1949 she was transferred to Pakistan and renamed Tariq.

She was returned to the Royal Navy at Portsmouth in July 1959. She was then scrapped, arriving at Sunderland on 13 October 1959.[3]


  1. ^ Woodman, Richard (1994). Arctic Convoys 1941-1945. ISBN 0-7195-5752-6. 
  2. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 14. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 
  3. ^ "Pakistan Navy". Retrieved 4 April 2015.