HMS Tenby (F65)

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HMS Tenby (F65), 1963
HMS Tenby, February 1963 (IWM)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tenby
Ordered: 6 March 1951
Builder: Cammell Laird and Co Ltd, Birkenhead
Laid down: 23 June 1953
Launched: 4 October 1955
Commissioned: 18 December 1957
Decommissioned: 1972
Identification: Pennant number: F65
  • Sold to Pakistan Navy in 1975 but not taken up
  • Sold for scrapping in 1977
General characteristics
Class and type: Whitby-class frigate
  • 2,150 tons (2,185 tonnes)
  • 2,560 tons full load (2,600 tonnes)
  • 360 ft (109.7 m) w/l
  • 370 ft (112.8 m) o/a
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Draught: 17 ft (5.18 m)
Propulsion: Y-100 plant; 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 2 English Electric steam turbines, 2 shafts, 30,000 shp (22 MW)
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h)
Range: 370 tons oil fuel, 4,200 nmi (7,780 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 152, later 225
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar Type 293Q target indication, later;
    • Radar Type 993
  • Radar Type 277Q height finding (later removed)
  • Radar Type 275 fire control on director Mark 6M
  • Radar Type 262 fire control on STAAG
  • Radar Type 974 navigation
  • Type 1010 Cossor Mark 10 IFF
  • Sonar Type 174 search
  • Sonar Type 162 target classification
  • Sonar Type 170 attack

HMS Tenby was a Whitby-class or Type 12 anti-submarine frigate of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. By the early 1970s, in the latter part of her career, she was one of three frigates which formed the Dartmouth Training Squadron and was used for the training of Royal Navy Officer Cadets before being promoted to Midshipmen.



In popular culture[edit]

The fake funeral of James Bond in the 1967 film You Only Live Twice was filmed onboard this ship, which was near Gibraltar at that time. In the film, it was supposed to be in Hong Kong.[citation needed]


HMS Tenby at Thos W Ward's Scrapyard, Briton Ferry, 1979

She was paid off into the reserve fleet on 8 December 1972 with the final ship's company leaving on 28 February 1973.[citation needed]

She spent four years laid up at Devonport prior to being sold to Thos W Ward for breaking up at Briton Ferry, the proposed sale to Pakistan being cancelled.[1]

Commanding Officers[edit]

From To Captain
1957 1957 Commander W R D Gerrard-Pearse RN
1959 1961 Commander D E Parker RN
1962 1963 Captain T Lewin DSC RN
1964 1965 Captain Dalrymple-Hamilton RN, Captain (F) Dartmouth Training Squadron
1965 1966 Lt Cdr C P O Byrne RN




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