H.M.S. Eastbourne, a First Rate Anti Submarine Frigate, was commissioned today at the Naval Construction?
H.M.S. Eastbourne, a First Rate Anti Submarine Frigate, was commissioned today at the Naval Construction Works of Messrs Vickers Armstrongs Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness.
The commissioning service was taken by the Venerable Archdeacon F.D.Bunt, O.B.E.,M.A.,Q.H.Ch., Chaplain of the Fleet, and was attended by the Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Mrs M. T. Freel, and her daughter, the Mayoress.
After the service the Commencing Officer, Lt. Commander R.C.Mayne, B.N., received a presentation from the Corporation of Eastbourne.
H.M.S. Eastbourne, the fifth of her class to be completed, is one of the Royal Navy's modern Anti Submarine Frigates fitted with the most up to date equipment for seeking out and destroying the submarine.
She was laid down on January 13th, 1954, and launched on December 29th, 1955, at the Newcastle-on-Tyne Naval Yard of Vickers Armstrongs Ltd. In the summer of 1956 she was towed round to Barrow-in-Furness for fitting out.
H.M.S. Eastbourne is the second ship of this name. Her predecessor, a minesweeper, commissioned in 1940, served throughout the second world war gaining battle honours in the English Channel 1943-44, off North Africa 1942, and off Normandy in 1944.
On completion of her initial seagoing trials H.M.S. Eastbourne will join the Third Training Squadron based on Londonderry in Northern Ireland.