HMS Skate (1917)

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HMS Skate in 1942
Skate at Liverpool in 1942
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Skate
Ordered: 8 December 1915
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Laid down: 12 January 1916
Launched: 11 January 1917
Commissioned: 19 February 1917
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1947
General characteristics
Class and type: R-class destroyer
  • 900 long tons (910 t) standard
  • 1,220 long tons (1,240 t) full
  • 265 ft (81 m) p/p
  • 276 ft (84 m) o/a
Beam: 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
  • 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
  • 10 ft 9 in (3.28 m) full load
  • 36 knots (41 mph; 67 km/h)
  • 32.5 kn (37.4 mph; 60.2 km/h) full
  • 3,440 nmi (6,370 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
  • 1,860 nmi (3,440 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 90

HMS Skate was an R-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that was laid down and completed during the First World War. Skate was the sole survivor of her class by 1939, and saw extensive service during the Second World War as a convoy escort. This gave her the honour of being the oldest destroyer to see service with the Royal Navy in the latter conflict.

Skate was damaged by a mine, laid by UC-69, in the First World War, and was converted to a minelayer while undergoing repairs, which is likely why she remained active on the Navy List in 1939. Initially she served as an influence minesweeper to combat the threat of magnetic mines, but such was the need for escorts that she was rearmed in 1941 to take part in the Battle of the Atlantic. She was on North Atlantic duties until 1942 and was part of the escort for the Normandy landings in June 1944.