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HMS Chieftain (R36)
HMS Chieftain
HMS Chieftain on the River Clyde, 1 March 1946.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Chieftain
Ordered: 24 Jul 1942
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, (Greenock, Scotland)
Laid down: 27 Jun 1943
Launched: 26 Feb 1945
Commissioned: 7 Mar 1946
Identification: Pennant number: R36
Fate: Scrapped at Sunderland on 20 Mar 1961
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, and 4 X 21inch torpedoes
Aircraft carried: none

HMS Chieftain (R36) was a Ch class destroyer of the Royal Navy that was in service from March 1946, and which was scrapped in 1961.

Construction

The Royal Navy ordered HMS Chieftain on 24 July 1942, one of eight Ch class "Intermediate" destroyers of the 1942 Programme. She was laid down at Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland, on 27 June 1943, and launched 26 February 1945.[6] She was commissioned on 7 March 1946, too late for World War II duty.[7] The yard also built her sister ship, HMS Chequers.

Service

Chieftain was assigned to a flotilla squadron ported at Malta in the early 1950s. She saw duty during the Suez Crisis in 1956.[8]

She was scrapped in Sunderland on 20 March 1961.[9]

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. "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.
  7. http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/12621.html
  8. http://britains-smallwars.com/suez/untis.html
  9. Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 98.

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