HMS Offa (G29)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||3 September 1939|
|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan|
|Laid down:||15 January 1940|
|Launched:||11 March 1941|
|Commissioned:||20 September 1941|
|Fate:||Transferred to Pakistan, 30 November 1949|
|Acquired:||30 November 1949|
|Identification:||pennant number: G29|
|Class and type:||O-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,540 long tons (1,560 t)|
|Length:||345 ft (105 m) o/a|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Pearson geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
|Speed:||37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)|
|Range:||3,850 nmi (7,130 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)|
|Endurance:||472 tons oil|
|Armament:||• 4 × single QF 4.7-inch (120-mm) Mark IX guns on mounting CP Mk.XVIII
Second World War service
During November 1941 Offa was part of the escort of Convoy PQ-4, the fifth of the Arctic Convoys of the Second World War. The convoy sailed from Hvalfjord, Iceland on 17 November 1941 and arrived at Arkhangelsk on 28 November 1941.
On 26 January 1944, under Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard Offa picked up survivors from the British merchant Fort Bellingham that was sunk by a torpedo from the German submarine U-957 in the Barents Sea north of North Cape.
In 1946 Offa served as a target ship for submarines, until being placed in reserve at Devonport in February 1948. In April 1948 she was refitted at Devonport and on 30 November 1949 she was transferred to Pakistan and renamed Tariq.
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