HMS Teazer (R23)
HMS Teazer in September 1943
|Laid down:||20 October 1941|
|Launched:||7 January 1943|
|Commissioned:||13 September 1943|
|Reclassified:||Converted to Type 16 frigate 1952|
|Identification:||Pennant number: R23 (F23 after 1954)|
|Fate:||Scrapped 7 August 1965|
|Class and type:||T-class destroyer|
During the month of September 1943, Teazer underwent Builder's Trials before being commissioned. Upon commissioning, she was accepted into the 24th Destroyer Flotilla. Upon deployment with the flotilla, Teazer underwent working up exercises in Scapa Flow before sailing for the Mediterranean theatre, where, in November, she supported ground operations by the British X Corps in the Minturno sector.
In July 1944, she was placed under U.S Navy command and was one of the ships scheduled to support the landing in the South of France as part of Operation Dragoon.
In May 1945, following a refit in January and February, she was assigned to Task Force 57 and then Task Force 37 in the Pacific and was responsible for providing an escort screen to the large Royal Navy carriers used in raids on the Japanese Home Islands.
Upon the surrender of the Japanese, she was present at the surrender ceremony on 27 August 1945 in Tokyo Bay.
Between 1946 and 1953 Teazer was held in reserve at Devonport. Between 1953 and 1954 she was converted into a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate, by Mountstuart Dry Docks, Cardiff, with the new pennant number F23 In January 1959 she replaced Grenville in the 2nd Training Squadron.
Decommissioning and disposal
Following decommissioning Teazer was placed on the disposal list in September 1961. She was subsequently sold to Arnott Young, Dalmuir for scrapping, arriving there on 7 August 1965.
In popular Culture
Doctor Who companion, Ben Jackson, was assigned to Teazer, as shown on his uniform cap. Within the "Whoniverse", Teazer was still in service in 1966. In July of that year, she had recently left England, bound for the West Indies, leaving Ben seconded to a shore posting and very disappointed.
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