HMS Spiraea (K08)

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HMS Spiraea (K08) IWM FL 22550.jpg
HMS Spiraea, 25 April 1942
Career (United Kingdom) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Spiraea
Ordered: 21 September 1939
Builder: Inglis
Laid down: 31 May 1940
Launched: 31 October 1940
Commissioned: 27 February 1941
Decommissioned: 1945
Identification: Pennant number: K08
Fate: Sold to Greece, renamed Thessaloniki
General characteristics
Class & type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 925 long tons
Length: 205 ft (62 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
2 × fire tube Scotch boilers
Single shaft
2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × SW1C or 2C radar
1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV sonar
Armament:

1 × BL 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk.IX gun
2 × Vickers .50 cal machine gun (twin)
2 × Lewis .303 cal machine gun (twin)
2 × Mk.II Depth charge throwers

2 × Depth charge rails with 40 depth charges

HMS Spiraea was a Flower-class corvette of the British Royal Navy. Named for a genus of shrub, Spiraea served in the Second World War as an escort.

The corvette was launched on 31 October 1940 at Glasgow, Scotland and entered nominal service on 27 February 1941. In 1943, she recovered the survivors of two separate sinkings (the merchant vessels Oporto and Fort Howe), of which the Fort Howe effort was in conjunction with Alisma.

Fate[edit]

Spiraea was sold to Greece in August 1945 and became the Thessaloniki.

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