HMS Termagant (R89)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Termagant.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Termagant
Ordered: 14 March 1941
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton
Laid down: 25 November 1941
Launched: 22 March 1943
Commissioned: 8 October 1943
Identification: Pennant number: R89 (later F189)
Motto: 'Untameable'
Honours and
awards:
Fate: Arrived for scrapping on 5 November 1965
Badge: On a field White, a shrew mouse 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 Termagant was a T-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that saw service during the Second World War. She was built by William Denny and Brothers, of Dumbarton and launched on 22 March 1943. She was scrapped in 1965.

Second World War service[edit]

On 7 October 1944 she and sister ship Tuscan sank the German torpedo boat TA 37 .[1]

Postwar service[edit]

Between 1946 and 1951 Termagant was held in reserve at Portsmouth. Between 1952 and 1953 she was converted to a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F189.[2] On re-commissioning in 1953 she joined the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Rothesay as a target ship. In the same year she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[3]

In August 1957 she returned to the reserve at Devonport, re-commissioning briefly in 1958 for trials.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

After decommissioning for the last time Termagant was held in reserve at Lisahally between 1960 and 1965. She was then sold for scrapping in 1965 to Arnott Young, Dalmuir, arriving there on the 5 November 1965.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian torpedo boat class Ariete". Warshipsww2. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Critchley, page 62
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden

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