HMS Tanatside (L69)

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HMS Tanatside FL19666.jpg
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tanatside
Ordered: 23 August 1940
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 23 June 1941
Launched: 30 April 1942
Commissioned: August 1942
Out of service: Loaned to the Royal Hellenic Navy in 1946
Identification: pennant number: L69
Honours and
Fate: Scrapped in January 1964
Badge: On a Field per fess wavy White and Blue, an oak tree eradicated proper enfiled with a mural crown Gold.
Name: Adrias
Identification: pennant number: D06
Fate: Returned to the Royal Navy in August 1962
General characteristics
Class and type: Hunt-class destroyer
  • 1,050 long tons (1,070 t) standard
  • 1,435 long tons (1,458 t) full load
Length: 85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a
Beam: 10.16 m (33 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)
  • 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
  • 25.5 kn (29.3 mph; 47.2 km/h) full
Range: 2,350 nmi (4,350 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 168

HMS Tanatside was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Yarrow in April 1942. Ships of this class were designed as cheap, easily built vessels for convoy escort and antisubmarine duties. She was named like her sisters after a fox hunt, in her case one in North Wales. War bonds were issued to finance the building of warships. Tanatside was funded by people from Tregaron, Aberaeron, New Quay, Aberystwyth and Teifiside, in a nod to the ship's name. Plaques were presented to each of these townships.[1] During a Warship Week held between 14 and 21 March 1942 the civil community of the Welsh county of Cardiganshire adopted the ship.

Service History[edit]

Tanatside took part in Operation Tunnel anti shipping forays and was present at Omaha Beach, where she approached the beach to assist in the destruction of German defences.In December 1945 Tanatside was reduced to care and maintenance at Malta.[2]

Greek service[edit]

In 1946 she was transferred to the Greek Navy and renamed Adrias. She was removed from the effective list in 1963 and scrapped in 1964.[3]


  1. ^ Ceredigian County Council
  2. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 43
  3. ^ Raymond V B Blackman (ed.). Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4,. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd,. p. 112.


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Coordinates: 58°13′N 3°18′E / 58.217°N 3.300°E / 58.217; 3.300