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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

ESCORTS   

SALISBURY frigates (1957 - 1960)

Salisbury 1957

Salisbury 1963

Salisbury 1968

Salisbury 1979

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Salisbury F32   Devonport DYd 23/1/1952 25/6/1953 27/2/1957 harbour TS 5/1980
Chichester F59 771 Fairfield, Govan 26/6/1953 21/6/1955 16/5/1958 BU 3/1981
Llandaff F61 726 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 27/8/1953 30/11/1955 11/4/1958 to Bangladesh 12/1976 (Umar Farooq)
Lincoln F99 772 Fairfield, Govan 1/6/1955 6/4/1959 7/7/1960 BU 4/1983

 

Displacement standard, t

2170

Displacement full, t

2350

Length, m

100.6 pp 103.6 oa

Breadth, m

12.2

Draught, m

3.60

No of shafts

2

Machinery

8 ASR1 diesels

Power, h. p.

14400

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

diesel oil 230

Endurance, nm(kts)

7500(16)

Armament

F32, 59, 61: 1 x 2 - 120/45 Mk 6, 1 x 2 - 40/60 STAAG Mk 2, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 3 ASWRL

F99:  1 x 4 Sea Cat GWS20 SAM (12 Sea Cat), 1 x 2 - 120/45 Mk 6, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 3 ASWRL

Sensors

F32, 59, 61: type 275, 262, 277, 960, 982, 293, 974, 978, 993 radars, type 170, 174, 162 sonars

F99: type 275, 277, 904, 960, 982, 293, 974, 978, 993 radars, type 170, 174, 162 sonars

Complement

205

Ship project history: On the same hull as the Type 41, the Type 61 design sacrificed the after 114mm twin gun in favour of a much more comprehensive air warning radar outfit. The ships were thus a much more valuable addition to the fleet than the Leopard class, for with adequate radar coverage carrier aircraft provided much better defence against air attack than guns. This was recognized quite carry, and the Leopard class was stopped at four units whereas the Salisbury class was to have been expanded to eight units. Furthermore, the survivors had received a more comprehensive modernization.

Fourth ship, Lincoln, was completed later, with a big deckhouse aft to take a GWS20 director and a quadruple Seacat missile launcher (a single 40mm gun was mounted initially). Two more of the class, Exeter and Gloucester, were cancelled under the 1957 Defence Review and another (Coventry) was suspended. It was hoped to order her in 1961, but by then the more flexible Leander design was ready and so she was replaced by Penelope.

Modernizations: early 1960s, F32, 59, 61: - 1 x 2 - 40/60, type 262 radar; + 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, type 903 radar

1962, F32; 1968, F99: - type 974 radar; + type 965 AKE-2 radar

1964, F59; 1966, F61: - 1 x 1 - 40/60, type 974, type 903 radars; + 1 x 4 Sea Cat GWS20 SAM (12 Sea Cat), type 965 AKE-2, 904 radars

1970, F32: - 1 x 1 - 40/60, type 903 radar; + 1 x 4 Sea Cat GWS20 SAM, type 904 radar

Naval service: No significant events.

Llandaff 1977

Salisbury 1980

Ivan Gogin, 2015