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HMS Comet (R26)
HMS Comet 1945 IWM FL 8293
HMS Comet, 19 September 1945
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: C-class destroyer
Name: HMS Comet
Builder: Yarrow, Scotstoun
Laid down: 14 June 1943
Launched: 22 June 1944
Commissioned: 6 June 1945
Identification: Pennant number: R26 (later D26)
Fate: Scrapped
Status: Arrived for breaking up at Troon on 23 June 1962
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,885 tons (1,915 tonnes)
2,545 tons full (2,585 tonnes)
Length: 362.75 ft (110.57 m) o/a
Beam: 35.75 ft (10.90 m)
Draught: 11.75 ft (3.58 m)
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
Parsons single-reduction geared steam turbines,
40,000 shp (29.8 MW), 2 shafts
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h) / 32 knots (59 km/h) full
Range: 4,675 nmi (8,658 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
1,400 nmi (2,600 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 186
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar Type 275 fire control on director Mk.VI

HMS Comet was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, built by Yarrow at Scotstoun. She was launched on 22 June 1944 and commissioned on 6 June 1945.

Operational service

On commissioning Comet served as part of the 8th Destroyer Squadron in the Far East. She returned to the UK for a refit in 1948.[1] She was given an interim modernization and was fitted for minelaying.[2] She then served as part of the 6th Destroyer Squadron in the Home Fleet between 1953 and 1957.[3]

Decommissioning and disposal

Comet was paid off in February 1958. Following her sale she arrived at the breakers yard for scrapping at Troon on 23 October 1962.


  1. Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989, p.65
  2. Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989, p.66
  3. Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 102


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