HMS Wizard (R72)
Wizard in May 1945
|Laid down:||14 September 1942|
|Launched:||29 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||30 March 1944|
|Reclassified:||Converted to Type 15 frigate 1954|
|Identification:||pennant number R72/F72|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap 16 February 1967|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||W-class destroyer|
Second World War service
Post War service
From 1946 until 1951 Wizard served in the Plymouth local flotilla. During 1953 and 1954 she was converted at Devonport Dockyard into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F72.
In 1956 Wizard was part of the 5th Frigate Squadron and was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean as part of the Royal Navy force which took part in the Suez Crisis. On return to UK in May 1957 the frigate refitted at Chatham before joining the Dartmouth Training Squadron for two years before being deployed in the West Indies with the 8th Frigate Squadron until 1964. On return she resumed Cadet training and remained with the Dartmouth Squadron until 1966.
Decommissioning and disposal
In 1966 she was paid-off and was reduced to Reserve status. She was then placed on the Disposal List and sold to Thos W Ward for demolition on 16 February 1967. Taken in tow to Inverkeithing she arrived at the breaker’s yard on 7 March that year.
|1953||1954||Under conversion to Type 15 Frigate|
|1956||1956||Commander J Jungius RN|
|1962||1963||Commander W D Jenks RN|
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