HMS Urania (R05)

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HMS Urania 1944 IWM FL 20727.jpg
Urania in April 1944
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Urania
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs
Laid down: 18 June 1942
Launched: 19 May 1943
Commissioned: 18 January 1944
Identification: pennant number R05/F08
Fate: scrapped 1971
General characteristics
Class and type: U-class destroyer

HMS Urania was a U-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. After the war she was converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate and was scrapped in 1971.

Service history[edit]

Second World War service[edit]

Urania saw service during the Second World War as part of the British Pacific Fleet.

Post War service[edit]

From 1947 until 1950 Urania was held in reserve at Devonport Dockyard. [1] She was converted into a reserve fleet accommodation ship in 1949, and was based at Devonport.[2] On 11 November 1950 she arrived at Hawthorne Leslie on the Tyne for a refit and was again in reserve at Harwich in 1952.

On 23 April 1953 she arrived in Liverpool for conversion into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, by Harland and Wolff. Her pennant number was also changed from R05 to F08.[2]

On completion of her conversion she was commissioned on 2 January 1955 into the 6th Frigate Squadron, for service in the Mediterranean, with other Type 15 frigates Ursa, Undine and Ulysses. They collectively took part in the Suez Operation and Cyprus emergency before returning home.

In 1958 she was returned to the reserve at Devonport dockyard before another refit. On 7 January 1959 she re-commissioned for trials before returning to reserve.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

From 1962 until 1967 she was held in reserve at Devonport. In January 1967 she was transferred to the operational reserve. She was subsequently sold for scrap and arrived at Faslane for breaking up on 2 February 1971.[2]


  1. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 66. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Warlow, Ben (2000). Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy. Maritime Books. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-907771-74-6.