• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S H.M.S. "DUCHESS", A DARING CLASS DESTROYER OF 2,870 TONS WILL SAIL FOR AUSTRALIA SHORTLY?

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S H.M.S. "DUCHESS", A DARING CLASS DESTROYER OF 2,870 TONS WILL SAIL FOR AUSTRALIA SHORTLY TO REPLACE THE DESTROYER "VOYAGER" WHICH SANK SOON AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER LAST MONTH.

    THE DUCHESS, AT PRESENT IN SINGAPORE, WAS LAUNCHED BY THE LATE COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN IN APRIL, 1951. SHE IS THE FIFTH SHIP OF THE ROYAL NAVY TO BEAR THE NAME DUCHESS.

    POSSIBLY THE MOST FAMOUS OF HER PREDECESSORS WAS THE BRISTOL SHIP DUCHESS OF 260 TONS WHICH SAILED ROUND THE WORLD BETWEEN THE YEARS 1708 - 1711. DURING THIS VOYAGE SHE RESCUED ALEXANDER SELKIRK (THE ORIGINAL 'ROBINSON CRUSOE' OF DANIEL DEFOE'S BOOK) WHO WAS MAROONED ON JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND.

    RE-COMMISSIONING IN APRIL 1954, H.M.S. DUCHESS ESCORTED QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ON THEIR WORLD TOUR.

    H.M.S. DUCHESS SAILED FOR IS UNDER THE COMMANDS OF CAPTAIN J. BITMEAD. SHE SAILED FOR THE FAR EAST IN APRIL, 1963, TO BECOME THE LEADER OF THE NEWLY FORMED 24TH ESCORT SQUADRON.

    THE SHIP'S COMPANY CONSISTS OF 20 OFFICERS, 25 CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS, 31 PETTY OFFICERS AND 238 JUNIOR RATES.

    HER ARMAMENT CONSISTS OF SIX DUAL PURPOSE (ANTI-AIRCRAFT OR SURFACE) 4.5-INCH GUNS CONTROLLED BY A MODERN GUNNERY CONTROL SYSTEM, TWO 40 MM. GUNS IN SINGLE MOUNTINGS; FIVE 21-INCH TORPEDOES IN ONE QUINTUPLE MOUNTING AND ONE THREE BARRELED ANTI-SUBMARINE MORTAR.

    SHE IS POWERED BY STEAM TURBINES DEVELOPING 54,000 SHAFT HOSE POWER, GIVING A SPEED IN EXCESS OF 30 KNOTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA967792GB36VFBWTJBXEMVXS9D
    Media URN:
    VLVA967792GB36VFBWTJBXEMVXS9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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