Military Wiki

HMS Hampshire (D06)
HMS Hampshire
HMS Hampshire
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Hampshire
Ordered: 27 January 1956
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland
Laid down: 26 March 1959[1]
Launched: 16 March 1961[1]
Commissioned: 15 March 1963[1]
Decommissioned: 1976[1]
Identification: Pennant number: D06
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1979
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: County-class destroyer
Displacement: 5,200 long tons (5,300 t) normal
6,800 long tons (6,900 t) full load
Length: 505 ft (154 m) pp
521 ft 6 in (158.95 m) oa
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Draught: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft COSAG (Combined steam and gas) turbines
Geared steam turbines, 30,000 shp (22,000 kW)
4× G6 gas turbines, 30,000 shp (22,000 kW)
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
(25 kn (46 km/h; 29 mph) steam only)[2]
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Complement: 471[3]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 965 air search radar
Type 277 height finder radar
Type 992 target indication radar
Type 901 Seaslug fire control radar
Type 902/903 Seacat fire control radar
Type 177 Sonar
Armament:4.5 inch (114 mm) Mark 6 guns (2 twin turrets)
2 × mountings for Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
1 twin Seaslug surface to air missile launcher
*2 × Quad GWS-21 Seacat short range surface to air missile launcher
Aircraft carried: 1 × Wessex helicopter

HMS Hampshire was a County-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. Laid down, in March 1959 a couple of weeks behind the class leader Devonshire, she was classifed as a Guided Missile destroyer, as the Sea Lords regarded the concept of the Cruiser and big gun ship as discredited by the percieved failure of the Tiger class and the obsolesence of the heavy gun. The description of Guided Missile Destroyer seemed more likely to win approval from the Treasury and Government for an adequate number of warships the size of small cruisers which could play many traditional cruiser flagship and command functions but had armour around neither its gun or missile magazine. In the late 1960's there were plans to upgrade Hampshire and sister destroyers armed with Seaslug Mk 1 but this was rejected because of the amount of the time the ships would be out of the operational fleet. She was decommissioned in 1976 at a time the Labour Government was making severe defence cuts under pressure from the IMF. and cannibalised for spares to service her sister ships. Hampshire was sold for scrap in 1979.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p. 508.
  2. Moore 1985, p. 621.
  3. Blackman 1971, p. 346.


This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).