|HMS Cambrian (R85)|
|Ordered:||16 February 1942|
|Laid down:||14 August 1942|
|Launched:||10 December 1943|
|Completed:||17 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||17 July 1944|
Built as HMS Spitfire|
Renamed HMS Cambrian before launch
|Identification:||Pennant number: R85 initially, but changed to D85 in 1945|
|Motto:||Parves pars magna: 'Of a small people I am a great part'.|
|NAVARINO 1827 - CHINA 1860 - ARCTIC 1944|
|Fate:||Arrived at Briton Ferry breaker's yard for scrapping, 3rd September 1971|
|Badge:||On a Field White, On a mount Green the Dragon of Wales.|
|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)|
10 ft (3.0 m) light, |
14.5 ft (4.4 m) full
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)|
HMS Cambrian was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, ordered on 16 February 1942. She was originally to be named HMS Spitfire but this was changed to Cambrian before launch to fit her revised class name. She was the seventh British Warship to have had this name. She was adopted by the Civil Community of Colwyn Bay, Wales, as part of the Warship Week programme.
On commissioning Cambrian was allocated to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla with the Home Fleet and took part in Russian and 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.
Post war service
Following the war Cambrian paid off into reserve. Along with other Ca group destroyers, she was selected for modernistion in 1963. 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.
Decommissioning and disposal
Cambrian was paid off in 1968. She was subsequently sold to Thomas W. Ward Ltd arriving at their breaker's yard at Briton Ferry for scrapping on 3 September 1971.
- Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989. p.57-62
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989. ISBN 0 7710 1817 0
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