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HMS Creole (R82)
HMS Creole 1947 IWM FL 10775
HMS Creole with deckhouse in place of 'B' Turret, 1947
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Creole
Builder: White, Cowes
Laid down: 3 August 1944
Launched: 22 November 1945
Commissioned: 14 October 1946
Out of service: 1956
Identification: Pennant number: R82, changed to D82
Fate: Sold to the Pakistan Navy
Career
Name: PNS Alamgir
Commissioned: 1958
Homeport: Karachi
Identification: Pennant number:160
Fate: Scrapped 1982
General characteristics
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)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m) light
14.5 ft (4.4 m) full
Propulsion: 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)
Complement: 186
Armament:

4 x QF 4.5 in (113 mm) L/45 guns Mark IV on mounts CP Mk.V
2 x Bofors 40 mm L/60 guns on twin mount "Hazemeyer" Mk.IV
4 x anti-aircraft mountings;
Bofors 40 mm, single mount Mk.III
QF 2 -pdr Mk.VIII, single mount Mk.XVI
Oerlikon 20 mm, single mount P Mk.III
Oerlikon 20 mm, twin mount Mk.V
1 x quadruple tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk.IX

2 x Squid ASW Mortars (after 1956)

HMS Creole was a C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy built by J. Samuel White, Cowes between 1944 and 1946. She was sold to the Pakistan Navy in 1958 and renamed PNS Alamgir. She was scrapped in 1982.

History in the Royal Navy

Commissioned too late for service in the Second World War, her pennant number was soon changed to D82. Along with HMS Crispin she was the only 'Cr' group ship to see service with the Royal Navy - the rest served with another navies. Both served with the 3rd Training Squadron based in Londonderry. Both ships had their 'B' gun turret removed in 1948 and replaced with a deckhouse.[1] In 1954 both ships were laid up in reserve.

History in the Pakistan Navy

Creole was sold to the Pakistan Navy on 29 February 1956 and re-named Alamgir.[2] Before being transferred she was given a refit by Thornycroft at Woolston. As part of this refit the gun turret was reinstated in 'B' position. The gun at 'X' position was removed and replaced by two Squid anti-submarine mortars.[3] She was formally handed over to the Pakistan Navy at Southampton in 1958. The refit and transfer was made under a US contract and transferred to the Pakistan Navy as part of the Military Assistance Program.[4]

Alamgir continued to serve in the Pakistan Navy until scrapped in 1982.

References

  1. Marriott, Leo, Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allen Ltd, 1989, p.67
  2. Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 98
  3. Blackman, Raymond V B, Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, London, p194
  4. Blackman, Raymond V B, Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, London, p194

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