HMS Tenacious (R45)

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HMS Tenacious underway on the River Mersey, c1942 (IWM)
HMS Tenacious underway on the River Mersey, c1943 (IWM)
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tenacious
Ordered: March 1941
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Laid down: 3 December 1941
Launched: 24 March 1943
Commissioned: 30 October 1943
Renamed: Ordered as HMS Tempest, renamed before being launched
Identification: Pennant number: R45 (later F44)
Honours and
awards:
Fate: Arrived for scrapping in June 1965
Badge: On a field White a bulldog's face proper.
General characteristics
Class and type: T-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • 1,710 long tons (1,737 t) - 1,730 long tons (1,758 t) (standard nominal)
  • 1,780 long tons (1,809 t) - 1,810 long tons (1,839 t) (actual)
  • 2,505 long tons (2,545 t) - 2,545 long tons (2,586 t) (deep load)
Length:
  • 339 ft 6 in (103.48 m) pp
  • 362 ft 9 in (110.57 m) oa
Beam: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)
Draught: 14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 shaft Parsons geared turbines
  • 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
  • 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
Speed: 36.75 knots (42.29 mph; 68.06 km/h)
Complement: 180-225
Armament:
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 16 frigate
Displacement:
  • 1,800 long tons (1,800 t) standard
  • 2,300 long tons (2,300 t) full load
Length: 362 ft 9 in (110.57 m) o/a
Beam: 37 ft 9 in (11.51 m)
Draught: 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
  • Steam turbines, 40,000 shp
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 32 knots (37 mph; 59 km/h) full load
Complement: 175
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 293Q target indication Radar
  • Type 974 navigation Radar
  • Type 1010 Cossor Mark 10 IFF
  • Type 146B search Sonar
  • Type 147 depth finder Sonar
  • Type 162 target classification Sonar
  • Type 174 attack Sonar
Armament:
  • 1 × twin 4 in gun Mark 19
  • 1 × twin 40 mm Bofors gun Mk.5
  • 5 × single 40 mm Bofors gun Mk.9
  • 2 × Squid A/S mortar
  • 1 × quad 21 in (533 mm) tubes for Mk.9 torpedoes

HMS Tenacious was a T-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that saw service during the Second World War. She was built by Cammell Laird, of Birkenhead and launched on 24 March 1943.

Postwar service[edit]

Between 1946 and 1949 Tenacious was held in reserve at Devonport. On 23 January 1949 she arrived in Mersey for a refit and in November of that year was commissioned as a target ship for the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Rothesay.[1]

Tenacious after conversion to a Type 16 Frigate, c1952 (IWM)

Between January 1951 and 1952 she was converted at Rosyth to a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F44. On 8 May 1952, she ran aground in the River Foyle in Northern Ireland.[2]In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[3]

In 1954 Tenacious was placed in reserve at Rosyth, then in 1956 into reserve at Barrow. In September 1963 she was towed to Plymouth. Tenacious was subsequently sold for scrapping in 1965 and arrived at Troon for breaking up on 29 June in that year.

In popular culture[edit]

A book that described the ship's actions in the Second World War, H.M.S. Tenacious: Her Story was printed by Richard Clay and Company and contained a poem about the ship, The Roger Forty-Five and listed the crew who served on her between August 1943 and April 1946.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critchley, page 62
  2. ^ "Stranding Of H.M.S. Tenacious" The Times (London). Thursday, 10 July 1952. (52360), col E, p. 3.
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden

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