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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

COASTAL FORCES

"FORD" seaward defense boats (SHALFORD) (1953 - 1957)

Aberford 1953

Shalford 1963

Kingsford 1968

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Shalford P3101 2030 Yarrow, Poplar   21/8/1952 1952 BU 9/1967
Aberford P3102 2031 Yarrow, Poplar   23/9/1952 1952 to Kenya 10/1964 (Nyati)
Axford P3103 796 Simons, Renfrew   30/9/1954 1954 to Nigeria 9/1966 (Kaduna)
Beckford, 1965- Dee P3104 797 Simons, Renfrew   26/4/1955 1955 tender 1965
Brayford P3105 1488 Inglis, Glasgow   19/2/1954 1954 to South Africa 8/1954 (Gelderland)
Bryansford P3106 1489 Inglis, Glasgow   2/4/1954 1954 to Nigeria 5/1968 (Ibadan II)
Camberford P3107   Vosper, Portchester   28/7/1953 1953 sold 7/1967
Desford P3108   Vosper, Portchester   3/6/1954 1954 to Ceylon 5/1955 (Kotiya)
Greatford P3109   White, Cowes   29/1/1953 1953 BU 9/1967
Gifford P3111   Scarr, Hessle   30/6/1954 1954 to Nigeria 1968 (Bonny)
Droxford P3113   Pimblott, Northwich   28/1/1954 1954 tender Dee 1955
Mayford P3114   Richards, Lowestoft   30/9/1954 1954 sold 8/1968
Hinksford P3115   Richards, Lowestoft   4/10/1955 1955 to Nigeria 9/1966 (Benin)
Ickford P3116   Rowhedge Iron Wks   17/6/1954 1954 sold 9/1967
Dubford P3119   White, Cowes   2/3/1953 1953 to Nigeria 1968 (Sapele)
Glassford P3120   Dunston, Thorne   28/3/1955 1955 to South Africa 8/1955 (Nautilus)
Kingsford P3121   Rowhedge Iron Wks   24/3/1955 1955 sold 4/1971
Marlingford P3122   Yarwood, Northwich   17/6/1954 1954 sold 9/1967
Tilford P3123   Vosper, Portchester   21/11/1956 1956 sold 9/1967
Montford P3124   Pimblott, Northwich   10/10/1957 1957 to Nigeria 9/1966 (Ibadan)

 

Displacement standard, t

120

Displacement full, t

160

Length, m

33.5 pp 35.7 oa

Breadth, m

6.10

Draught, m

1.50

No of shafts

3

Machinery

2 12-cyl Paxman diesels + 1 Foden diesel

Power, h. p.

1100 + 100

Max speed, kts

18 / 8

Fuel, t

diesel oil 23

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

P3101: 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 3 ASWRL

P3102 - 3124: 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 2 DCT, 2 DCR

Sensors

type 978 radar, type 144 sonar

Complement

19

Ship project history: Designed by W Holt as inshore ASW craft to replace the wartime HDML with main drive diesels on wing shafts and a cruising diesel on the centre shaft. Appearance was distinctive, with two funnels side by side and a lattice mast. They were designed to carry a single-barrel Squid but this weapon did not materialize and so the lead-craft, Shalford, was fitted with a Squid triple DC mortar aft; the remainder had a standard armament of two depth charge throwers and two racks.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Droxford 1972

Ivan Gogin, 2015