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HMS Naiad (F39)
HMS Naiad F39 1982.jpeg
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Naiad (F39)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 30 October 1962
Launched: 4 November 1963
Commissioned: 17 March 1965 at Scotstoun
Decommissioned: April 1987
Fate: Sunk as target, 1990
General characteristics
Class & type: Leander-class frigate

2,500 tons (later 2,790 tons) standard

2,962 tons (later 3,300 tons) full load
Length: 372 ft (113 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draught: 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
Propulsion: 2 Babcock & Wilcox oil-fired boilers, geared steam turbines delivering 22,370 kW (30,000 shp) to two shafts.
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 7,400 km (4,600 miles) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 260
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar
    • Type 965 (air warning radar removed in batch 1 ships), Type 992 Q, Type 903, Type 974/978
  • Sonar
    • Type 162,184,199, later type 2031 towed array sonar


As refitted

  • 1 Ikara Anti submarine missile Launcher
  • 2 Seacat surface to air missile Launchers
  • 2 40mm guns - single mountings
  • Two triple 324 mm (12.75) STWS-1 tubes for Mk 46 and Stingray ASW torpedoes
  • 1 Limbo ASW Mortar
Aircraft carried: One Westland Wasp ASW helicopter

HMS Naiad (F39) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). Like the rest of the class, Naiad was named after a figure or figures of mythology, in this case the Naiads of Greek mythology. Naiad was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders of Scotstoun. She was launched on 4 November 1963 and commissioned on 15 March 1965.[1]

Operational Service

In 1966, Naiad became the leader of the Northern Ireland Squadron and subsequently deployed to the Far East and South America. In June 1966 she was present at Kiel Woche and the Duke of Edinburgh held a state dinner on board in honour of President Heinrich Lubke. On 4 May 1967 she recommissioned for a general service commission and was present at Portsmouth Navy Days in that year.[2]

In 1970, Naiad deployed to the Far East, and while there, participated in the Beira Patrol, designed to prevent oil reaching the landlocked Rhodesia via the then Portuguese colony of Mozambique. She performed her second patrol the following year. The Beira Patrol would be a regular deployment for the RN until 1975. In 1971 she was present at Portsmouth Navy Days.[3]

In January 1973, Naiad began her modernisation at Devonport Dockyard that included her one twin 4.5-in gun being replaced by the Australian designed Ikara anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missile system. The modernisation was completed in 1975. The following year, Naiad undertook a Fishery Protection Patrol during the Third Cod War, and while there, was rammed by the Icelandic gunboat Tyr causing some hull damage. In 1977, Naiad, like many other Leanders, took part in the Fleet Review, of the Royal Navy at Spithead in celebration of HM the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Naiad was positioned in the middle of Brighton and her sister-ship Andromeda.[4] In 1979, Naiad deployed to the Far East once again.

In 1981, Naiad deployed to the Mediterranean. In 1983, Naiad began a refit at Devonport Dockyard which was completed in 1984. In 1985, Naiad returned to the Mediterranean, as part of the NATO multi-national squadron Naval On-call Force of the Mediterranean (NAVOCFORMED), the predecessor of the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED). The following year, Naiad joined the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), another NATO multi-national squadron.

Decommissioning and Fate

In April 1987, Naiad decommissioned and in 1989 was used as a static trials ship for weapons testing. In September 1990, Naiad was sunk as a target.

Commanding officers

From To Captain
196? 196? Commander John Cox RN
1967 1967 Captain Sir Peter Anson Bt RN
1971 1971 Commander A R Wood RN
1975 1977 Commander A Casdagli RN
1977 1977 Commander R C Dimmock RN
1977 1981 Commander Roy Newman RN


  1. Marriot, Leo, 1983. Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983, Ian Allen Ltd, p.93.
  2. Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, August 26,27, 28th 1967, HMSO, p.11
  3. Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth, 29th-31st August 1971, p13.
  4. Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO


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