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HMS Caesar (R07)
HMS Caesar 1944 IWM FL 7386
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Caesar
Ordered: 16 February 1942
Builder: John Brown, Clydebank
Laid down: 3 April 1943
Launched: 12 February 1944
Completed: 3 October 1944
Commissioned: 17 July 1944
Recommissioned: 1960
Decommissioned: 1965
Renamed: Built as HMS Ranger
Renamed HMS Caesar before launch
Identification: Pennant number: R07 initially, but changed to D07 in 1945
Motto: Veni, vidi vici : ' I came, I saw I conquered’
Honours and
awards:
GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE 1794 - CUT OF GIBRALTAR 1801 - STRACHAN'S ACTION 1805 - BASQUE ROADS 1809 - WALCHEREN 1809 - BALTIC 1854
Fate: Arrived at breaker's yard Hughes Bolckow for scrapping, 6 January 1967
Badge: On a Field Blue. the head of Caesar, gold.
General characteristics
Class & type: C-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,710 tons (standard) 2,520 tons (full)
Length: 363 ft (111 m) o/a
Beam: 35.75 ft (10.90 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m) light,
14.5 ft (4.4 m) full
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
Parsons geared steam turbines,
40,000 shp, 2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (69.45 km/h)
Range: 615 tons oil, 1,400 nautical miles (2,600 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 186
Armament:

Initial

4 x anti-aircraft mountings;
Bofors 40 mm, single mount Mk.III
QF 2 -pdr Mk.VIII, single mount Mk.XVI
Oerlikon 20 mm, single mount P Mk.III
Oerlikon 20 mm, twin mount Mk.V

  • 2 x pentuple (Ca) / quadruple (Ch, Co, Cr) tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk.IX
  • 4 throwers and 2 racks for 96 depth charges

From 1960

Aircraft carried: None

HMS Caesar was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, ordered on 16 February 1942. She was originally to be named HMS Ranger but this was changed to Caesar before launch to fit her revised class name. She was the sixth British Warship to have had this name. She was built as a Flotilla Leader with additional accommodation for staff officers.

Wartime service

On commissioning in September 1944 Caesar was allocated to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla for service with the Home Fleet and took part in the Atlantic convoys. In 1945 she was allocated for service in the Far East at the close of the Second World War, but joined the Fleet in Trincomalee after VJ-Day.[1]

Post war service

Following the war Caesar paid off into reserve. Along with other Ca group destroyers, she was selected for modernistion which was completed at Rosyth between 1957 and 1960. Work included a new enclosed bridge and Mark 6M gunnery fire control system, as well as the addition of two triple Squid Anti-Submarine mortars. Following recommissioning, most of her service was in the Far East.[2]

Decommissioning and disposal

Caesar was paid off in June 1965. She was subsequently sold to Hughes Bolckow, arriving at their breaker's yard at Blythe for scrapping on 6 January 1967.

References

  1. http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-66Ca-HMS_Caesar.htm
  2. Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989. p.57-62

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