BATTLE-Class Group 1 Fleet
destroyer ordered from Hawthorn Leslie,
Newcastle on 27th April 1941 and
laid down on
29th December 1942. The ship was launched on
9th December 1943 as the 2nd RN ship to bear
this name, introduced in 1810
for a 3rd Rate sold in 1863. Due to
difficulties in completion and delivery of
the new Mark VI Director for control of main
armament completion of build was delayed
until 2nd July 1945.
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Nominated for service with 19th Destroyer
Flotilla in British Pacific Fleet.
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
completion of Acceptance trials took passage
to Home Port to complete complement and
for equipment trials.
in Home waters and Mediterranean for trials
and wok-up for operational Service.
Flotilla at Hong Kong on completion.
Worked-up in Mediterranean.
Passage to Hong Kong to join Flotilla
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Passage to Australia
Deployed with Flotilla with British Pacific
Fleet for screening duties and the support
repatriation and relief operations in the
Far East. Visits were paid by the Flotilla
to ports in
Japan and to Australia. Patrols were
established to ensure safe passage for
Ships of the coasts of China and
Indo-China. He continuation of war in
many unpredictable situations for RN ships
deployed in the Far East.
(Note: The British Pacific Fleet was based
at Hong Kong as the Dockyard in Singapore
ready for support of warships. Facilities in
Hong Kong were also limited but a
Ship was available.).
Nominated for return to UK to pay off into
Passage to UK via Mediterranean.
Arrived at Portsmouth.
Began to reduce to Reserve status.
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Reducing to Reserve in continuation.
Laid up in Reserve at Portsmouth.
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Laid up in Reserve.
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Nominated for service with 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet.
Other ships of the Class to be brought
forward for this Flotilla were:
Destroyers SAINTES (Leader), GRAVELINES and
Brought forward from Reserve and prepared
for operational use.
Commissioned for service and carried out
trials in Home waters.
to Malta with other ships of Flotilla to
relieve V-Class destroyers.
with Flotilla based in Malta and part of
Flotilla was supported by HM Depot Ship
FORTH on board which
(Destroyers) flew his Flag.
Ships of the Flotilla took part in
Mediterranean Fleet training exercises and
out duty as Guardship at Alexandria and at
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Fleet duties with 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in
Took part in Spring and Summer Fleet
Exercises and visits to ports in
Maintenance and refits were carried out in
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Fleet deployment with Flotilla in
Fleet visits, exercises and Guardship
duties in continuation
for detached service at Abadan with Flotilla
(Note: The Flotilla was to relieve HM
Destroyers CHEQUERS, CHEVRON, CHIEFTAIN
CHIVALROUS to protection British
Dr. Mossadeq , the Iranian
began moves to nationalise the Anglo Iranian
Oil Company. Mediterranean
ships were also deployed in the eastern
Mediterranean after demands by Egypt
British forces should leave the Canal Zone.
These requirements followed increase
deployments in the Far East to support the
UN in Korea and
stretched all the
resources and limited other deployments
Passage to Abadan with Flotilla.
(Note: The Flotilla was relieved in the
HM Destroyers AGINCOURT,
CORUNNA and JUTLAND.)
Deployed at Abadan until evacuation of
British nationals who were taken to
Took passage to Malta
Resumed Flotilla duties at Malta.
Nominated for return to UK.
Deployed for Fleet duties with Flotilla at
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deployment at Malta in continuation.
Took part in joint exercises with Home Fleet
during Mediterranean Fleet Spring cruise.
(Note: 3rd Destroyer Flotilla redesignated
as 3rd Destroyer Squadron.)
At Athens with HM Fast Minelayer MANXMAN, HM
Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier THESEUS
HM Cruiser GLASGOW and destroyers of the
Fleet deployment with 3rd Destroyer Squadron
Took part in exercise and visits programme
with ships of the Fleet and also those of
– France, Italy. Greece, Turkey and the USA.
(Note: A NATO Command was set up in the
Mediterranean with Headquarters in Naples.
Mediterranean remained in Malta.
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Taken in hand for refit to update equipment
to latest standards required for Fleet use.
Commissioned for trials and
paid-off on completion.
Nominated for service in 3rd Destroyer
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Commissioned for General Service
and replaced HMS SAINTES in 3rd Destroyer
Squadron comprised HM Destroyers BARFLEUR,
ST KITTS and VIGO.
for Fleet duties in Home waters including
with Fleet units for service in
Mediterranean after nationalisation of Suez
Egypt. Passage to Malta to prepare for
support of Anglo-French operations against
part in Operation MUSKETEER.
(Note: Operation was terminated after United
Return passage to UK to resume duties in
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with 3rd Flotilla as part of Home Fleet and
in Home Fleet exercise and visits programmes
as well as NATO Exercises.
(Note: During 1957 and 1958 Home Fleet ships
were deployed off Iceland for
protection of British fishing vessels after
the dispute with Iceland
fishing limits (“Cod War”).
was also a marked increase in Soviet
surveillance of NATO ship
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with Squadron in continuation with Home
On the amalgamation of the 1st and 3rd
Destroyer Squadrons nominated for reduction
Paid off and reduced to Reserve.
Destored and laid-up in Reserve Fleet.
F i n a l P h a s e
HMS ARMADA remained in Reserve
until 1965 when she was placed on the
Disposal List. The ship was sold to BISCO on
12th November 1965 for breaking up by T W
Ward at Inverkeithing where she arrived in
tow on 18th December that year for