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HMS Contest (R12)
HMS Contest 1945 IWM FL 8441
HMS Contest on the Solent, 8 November 1945
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: C-class destroyer
Name: HMS Contest
Builder: White, Cowes
Laid down: 1 November 1943
Launched: 16 December 1944
Commissioned: 9 November 1945
Identification: Pennant number: R12 (later D48)
Fate: Scrapped
Status: Arrived for breaking up at Grays, Essex on 2 February 1960
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 Contest was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, built by J. Samuel White, Cowes. She was launched on 1 November 1943 and commissioned on 9 November 1945. She was scrapped in 1960.

Operational service

On commissioning Contest 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] In 1951 she was the Torpedo training ship at Portsmouth. She then served as part of the 6th Destroyer Squadron in the Home Fleet.[3]

Decommissioning and disposal

Contest was paid off in the late 1950s. Following her sale she arrived at the breakers yard for scrapping at Grays, Essex on 2 February 1960.


  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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