HMS Amazon (F169)

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PNS Babur (D182), former HMS Amazon, 2004
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Amazon
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Laid down: 6 November 1969
Launched: 26 April 1971
Commissioned: 11 May 1974
Decommissioned: 30 September 1993
Identification: Pennant number: F169
  • Audaciter
  • ("Boldly")
Fate: Sold to Pakistan on 30 September 1993
Naval Jack of Pakistan.svgPakistan
Name: PNS Babur
Operator: Pakistan Navy
Commissioned: 30 September 1993
Decommissioned: 31 December 2014
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 21 frigate
Displacement: 3,250 tons full load
Length: 384 ft (117 m)
Beam: 41 ft 9 in (12.73 m)
Draught: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
  • 4,000 nautical miles at 17 knots (7,400 km at 31 km/h)
  • 1,200 nautical miles at 30 knots (2,220 km at 56 km/h)
Complement: 177
Aircraft carried: 1 × Westland Wasp helicopter, later refitted for 1 × Lynx

HMS Amazon was the first Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. Her keel was laid down at the Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Southampton, England. The ship suffered a fire in the Far East in 1977, drawing attention to the risk of building warships with aluminium superstructure.

Royal Navy Service[edit]

In 1977 Amazon took part in the Fleet Review, of the Royal Navy at Spithead in celebration of HM the Queen's Silver Jubilee.[1] Amazon was the only unit of her class to not participate in the Falklands War, as she was in the Persian Gulf at the time.

By the mid-1980s the surviving Type 21s were suffering cracking in the hull and so she was taken in for refitting, with a steel plate being welded down each side of the ship. At the same time modifications were made to reduce hull noise. Four Exocet launchers were also fitted in 'B' position, the last of the class to be so fitted.

Pakistan Navy Service[edit]

Amazon decommissioned and was sold to Pakistan on 30 September 1993, being renamed Babur.[citation needed] Exocet was not transferred to Pakistan and Babur had her obsolete Sea Cat launcher removed. A Chinese LY-60N missile launcher was fitted in place of the Exocet launchers. Signaal DA08 air search radar replaced the Type 992 and SRBOC chaff launchers and 20 mm and 30 mm guns were fitted.

On 3 August 2011, a video surfaced on the Internet reportedly showing Babur brushing against the Indian frigate Godavari in the Gulf of Aden during the rescue of hostages on-board merchant vessel MV Suez in June.[2]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1975 1977 Commander David Dobson RN
1977 1978 Commander A B Richardson RN
1978 1979 Commander R N Woodard RN
1980 1982 Commander Ian Garnett RN
1982 1984 Commander J E K Ellis RN
1986 1988 Commander R J Lippiett RN
1988 1990 Commander David A Lewis RN
1990 1992 Commander David J M Mowlam RN
1992 1993 Commander Patrick H Watson RN



  1. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
  2. ^ "Video Shows PNS Babur Brushing Against INS Godavari". Outlook India. Retrieved 4 August 2011. [permanent dead link]