HMS Troubridge (R00)
HMS Troubridge as built
|Ordered:||13 March 1941|
|Laid down:||10 November 1941|
|Launched:||23 September 1942|
|Commissioned:||8 March 1943|
|Identification:||pennant number R00|
|Converted||Type 15 frigate 1955 - 1957|
|Decommissioned:||27 March 1969|
|Identification:||pennant number F09|
|Fate:||Broken up May 1970|
|Class and type:||T-class destroyer|
|Beam:||35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)|
|Speed:||36.75 knots (42.29 mph; 68.06 km/h)|
|Class and type:||Type 15 frigate|
|Length:||358 ft (109 m) o/a|
|Beam:||37 ft 9 in (11.51 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)|
|Speed:||31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph) (full load)|
Second World War
In 1943, Troubridge was sent to the Mediterranean, where she performed screening duties for major naval units. Troubridge was one of the units that performed as a screen for the cruisers Aurora, Newfoundland, Orion, Penelope and Euryalus, in conjunction with Mediterranean Fleet destroyers and motor torpedo boats for the surrender of Pantellaria on 10 May 1943. She provided support to offensives on Italian warships, provided anti-aircraft support, and was involved in the Allied effort to land in Sicily, Calabria, and Salerno. Other notable events involving Troubridge was the sinking of the German submarine U-407. U-407 was sunk in the Mediterranean south of Milos, in position 36º27'N, 24º33'E, destroyed by depth charges dropped from the destroyers Troubridge, Terpsichore, and the Polish ORP Garland. U-407's sinking also marked the disbandment of the 29th U-boat Flotilla. In 1944 Troubridge transferred to the Far East and operated under US control. Amongst other engagements, she took part in an attack on Truk. She returned to Portsmouth in 1946.
After the Second World War Troubridge replaced Saumarez as leader of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (later Squadron) in the Mediterranean, returning to Chatham on 16 August 1949, where she was placed in reserve at Chatham Dockyard.
Between 1955 and 1957 she was converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, by J S White at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. She also received a new pennant number F09. On re-commissioning in 1957 she became part of the 8th Frigate squadron for service on the America and West Indies Station. In 1959 Troubridge took part in 'Navy Days' in Portsmouth during that year. Following this she was again deployed to the West Indies.
On 15 May 1963 she was towed from Portsmouth to Malta for refit. She recommissioned on 7 September 1964 and was part of the 27th Escort squadron along with the vessels Galatea, Agincourt and Carysfort.
Decommissioning and disposal
|1943||1944||Captain Charles Leslie Firth RN|
|1944||1946||Captain G F Burghard RN|
|1955||1957||Under conversion to Type 15 Frigate|
|1957||1959||Commander R L W Lancaster RN|
|1959||1959||Commander A H Young RN|
|1964||1965||Commander N J S Hunt MVO RN|
|1966||1968||Commander Richard Thomas RN|
In popular culture
Troubridge was the punning inspiration for the fictional "HMS TrouTbridge" in the long-running Radio Comedy The Navy Lark. (The September 1967 episode is entitled Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee, which exactly accords with Troubridge's own September 1942 launch date and the crew were the audience for the December 1960 episode "Johnson's Birthday"). Troubridge also supplied the landing crew which rescued the marooned children at the end of the 1963 film version of William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
In a very different role, Troubridge was used to depict the interior of the fictional "USS Bedford" in the 1965 cold-war film drama The Bedford Incident. British military equipment is visible in several shots, including a rack of Lee–Enfield rifles. Troubridge's novel forward-sloping bridge windows are also to be seen in the Bridge shots. (The Type 15 frigate used for the opening scenes is F159: HMS Wakeful).
- All information is for ships converted from R-class destroyers
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- Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth 28-30th March 1959, HMSO
- Commissioning Booklet, HMS Troubridge, (C H Bernard and Sons Ltd, 1964)
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