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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS SLUYS (R 60) -  Battle-class Destroyer

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Sluys (Navy Photos, click to enlarge)

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1943 BATTLE-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered with ships of the 1st and 2nd Flotillas in 1942 from Cammell Laird at Birkenhead. The ship was laid down on 24th November 1943 as Yard No 1124 and was launched on 28th February 1945 as the 1st RN ship to carry this name. Build completion date was on 30th September 1946. The name commemorates the victory by Edward III over French fleet  in 1340.


B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s



H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a field Field†† barry wavy of six White and Blue.

within a wreath of laurel gold a torteau charged with a

leopardís face crowned with a crown of Fleur de lys

also Gold.

(Note: This is derived from the arms of Edward III.


M o t t o

Per medium illorum ibat: 'Through the midst of them he went his way'.



S u†m m a r y†† o f†† S e r v i c e


(for more ship information, go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search)



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September††††††††††††††††††† Commissioned for trials.

†††††††††††† 30th††††††††††††††††  Accepted into service with 5th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet


October††††††††††††††††††††††† Worked up for Home Fleet service.


November†††††††††††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla

to†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Flotilla comprised sister BATTLE Class destroyers HMS

December†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††SOLEBAY, HMS CADIZ, HMS† GABBARD, HMS ST JAMES and

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††   HMS ST KITTS.


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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet duties with Flotilla in continuation.

†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to D60 (1948)


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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† During Home Fleet service with Flotilla nominated for reduction to Reserve.


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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††Paid off and destored. Reduced to Reserve status.


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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Laid up in Reserve.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Placed on Disposal List and sale to Iran approved.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††To be renamed Iranian Ship ARTEMIZ


F i n a l††† P h a s e


HMS SLUYS was handed over to the Royal Iranian Navy at Southampton where the ship was completely modernised and underwent a refit lasting until 1971. She was still in service during the 1980's.



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