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HMS Chaplet (R52)
HMS Chaplet 1945 IWM FL 7864
HMS Chaplet on completion, 13 August 1945
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Chaplet
Ordered: 24 Jul 1942
Builder: Thornycroft, Woolston
Laid down: 29 April 1943
Launched: 18 July 1944
Commissioned: 24 August 1945
Identification: Pennant number: R52 later changed to D52
Fate: Arrived for scrapping at Hughes Bolckow, Blyth on 6 November 1965
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1710 tons[1]
Length: 362.75 ft[2]
Beam: 35.66 ft[3]
Draught: 10 ft (mean), 16 ft. (max.)[4]
Installed power: 40,000hp
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines, 2 shafts; 2 Admiralty 3-drum type boilers[5]
Speed: 36 kts
Complement: 186
Armament:
  • 4 X 4.5inch guns
  • 4 X 20mm anti-aircraft weapons
  • 4 X 21-inch torpedoes
  • 2 X Squid ASW mortars (after 1954)
Aircraft carried: none

HMS Chaplet (R52) was a Ch class destroyer of the Royal Navy that was in service from August 1945, and which was scrapped in 1965.

Construction

The Royal Navy ordered HMS Chaplet on 24 July 1942, one of eight Ch class "Intermediate" destroyers of the 1942 Programme. She was laid down at the yard of Thornycroft, Woolston on 29 April 1943 and commissioned on 24 August 1945, too late for service in the Second World War.

Service

Chaplet was assigned to the 1st Destroyer Squadron based at Malta in the early 1950s. She was given an interim modernization in 1954, which saw her 'X' turret at the rear of the ship replaced by two Squid Anti-submarine mortars.[6] She saw duty during the Suez Crisis in 1956.[7]

Decommissioning and disposal

Chaplet was decommissioned and laid up in 1961. She was sold for scrapping to Hughes Bolckow and arrived at their yard at Blyth on 6 November 1965.

References

  1. "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  2. "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  3. "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  4. "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  5. "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  6. Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989. p.64
  7. http://britains-smallwars.com/suez/untis.html

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