HMS Tuscan (R56)

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HMS Tuscan in 1946
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tuscan
Ordered: 14 March 1941
Builder: Swan Hunter
Laid down: 6 September 1941
Launched: 28 May 1942
Commissioned: 11 March 1943
Reclassified: Converted to Type 16 frigate 1952
Identification: pennant number R56/F156
Motto: I hold what I take
Fate: Scrapped 26 May 1966
General characteristics
Class and type: T-class destroyer

HMS Tuscan was a T-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that served during the Second World War and was scrapped in 1966.

Second World War service[edit]

On 7 October 1944 she and the destroyer Termagant sank the German torpedo boat TA37.[1]

Postwar service[edit]

Between 1946 and 1952 Tuscan was held as part of the reserve fleet in Portsmouth. In 1949 and 1950 she had a refit at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. Between May 1952 and September 1953 she was converted into a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate by Mount Stuart Dry Docks, Cardiff and was allocated the new pennant number F156.[2]

In 1953 she was held as part of the Devonport Reserve, and in 1954 the Portsmouth Reserve. In 1960 she was part of the Chatham reserve and between 1961 and 1963 was part of the Portsmouth Operational Reserve. She was eventually sold to McLellan for scrap and arrived at Bo'ness for breaking up on 26 March 1966.


  1. ^ "Italian torpedo boat class Ariete". Warshipsww2. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 58. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 


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