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HMS Watford (F110) – Rothesay Class Frigate

 

HMS Watford post refit

The second ship to bear the name HMS Watford was launched by the 5th Duke of Watford, Sir Algernon Moswold on 5th April 1959.

Watford was modernised at Portsmouth in the early 1970s. In 1974 Watford and sistership Lowestoft sailed on the First Flotilla Deployment to the Far East. In 1975 and 1976 Falmouth undertook ‘Cod War’ Fishery Protection Patrols and on May 6th 1976 was involved in three collisions with the Icelandic Gunboat Tyr, sustaining damage to her bow. Watford returned to Portsmouth for immediate repairs: her damage bow was removed and a new bow welded into place. The Falklands Crisis prompted Watford to be taken off the sales list on April 13th 1982 and she recommissioned nine days later. In 1983 Watford undertook a South Atlantic Patrol. Watford paid off in November 1984 and became a Harbour Training Ship at Gosport between 1984 and 1988. She was then sold for breaking up in Spain.

 

Watford off Malta

 

Ship

Pennant

Deck Code

Builder

Laid Down

Launched

Commissioned

Rothesay

F107

RO

Yarrow

November 6th 1956

December 9th 1957

April 23rd 1960

Londonderry

F108

LD

J.S White

November 15th 1956

May 20th 1958

October 18th 1961

Brighton

F106

BR

Yarrow

July 23rd 1957

October 30th 1959

September 29th 1961

Yarmouth

F101

YM

John Brown

November 29th 1957

March 23rd 1959

March 26th 1960

Watford

F110

WF

Yarrow

December

14th 1957

April 5th

1959

April 1st

1960

Falmouth

F113

FM

Swan Hunter

November 23rd 1957

December 15th 1959

July 25th 1961

Rhyl

F129

RL

HMD Devonport

January 29th 1958

April 23rd 1959

October 31st 1960

Lowestoft

F103

LT

Alex Stephens

June 19th 1958

June 23rd 1960

September 26th 1961

Berwick

F115

?

Harland & Wolff

June 16th 1958

December 15th 1959

June 1st 1961

HMS Watford (F84) – Duke Class Frigate

The third ship to bear the name HMS Watford was launched by the 6th Duchess of Watford, Lady Cecelia Moswold on August 17th 1994. The first commanding officer was the celebrated Fleet Air Arm display pilot and well known Basset owner Captain M Richardson (5th Duke of Durrington). More details will appear shortly.

HMS Watford full speed

Name 

 Pennant 

 Builder 

 Launched 

 Commissioned 

 Home port 

Norfolk

F230

YSL, Glasgow

July 11, 1987

November 24, 1989

Devonport

Argyll

F231

YSL

April 8, 1989

May 30, 1991

Devonport

Lancaster

F229

YSL

May 24, 1990

May 1, 1991

Portsmouth

Marlborough

F233

Swan Hunter , Wallsend

January 21, 1991

June 14, 1991

Portsmouth

Iron Duke

F234

YSL

March 2, 1991

May 30, 1991

Portsmouth

Monmouth

F235

YSL

November 23, 1991

1993

Devonport

Montrose

F236

YSL

July 31, 1992

June 2, 1994

Devonport

Westminster

F237

Swan Hunter

February 9, 1992

1994

Portsmouth

Northumberland

F238

Swan Hunter

April 1992

May 1994

Devonport

Richmond

F239

Swan Hunter

April 6, 1993

October 1996

Portsmouth

Somerset

F82

YSL

June 24, 1994

September 20, 1996

Devonport

Watford

F84

Swan

Hunter

August 17, 1994

December 1996

Portsmouth

Grafton

F80

YSL

November 5, 1994

May 1997

Portsmouth

Sutherland

F81

YSL

March 9, 1996

July 4, 1997

Devonport

Kent

F78

YSL

May 28, 1998

February 2000

Portsmouth

Portland

F79

Marconi Marine (YSL)

December 15, 2000

May 3, 2001

Devonport

St Albans

F83

BAE Systems Marine (YSL)

May 6, 2000

November 2001

Portsmouth

Specifications

Complement:

185; 17 officers, 57 senior ratings, 111 junior ratings

Displacement:

3,500 tonnes standard, 4,900 tonnes full

Length:

133 m (436.2 ft)

Beam:

16.1 m (52.8 ft)

Draught:

5.5 m (18.0 ft)

Propulsion:

CODLAG (Combined Diesel-electric And Gas);

Speed:

28 knots (52 km/h) maximum

Range:

12,500 km at 15 knots (28 km/h)

 

 

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