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HMS Abingdon (J23)
Career (UK) Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom
Builder: Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon
Laid down: 30 November 1917
Launched: 11 June 1918
Completed: 6 November 1918
Fate: Sold 1947; broken up 1950
Notes: Pennant number: J23 / N23
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt class minesweeper (1916), Aberdare sub-class
Displacement: 710 tons
Length: 231 ft (70 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: Yarrow-type boilers, Vertical triple-expansion engines, 2 shafts, 2,200 ihp
Speed: max 16 knots
Range: 140 tons coal
Complement: 73 men
Armament: 1x QF 4 inch forward
QF 12 pounder aft
2x twin 0.303 inch machine guns

HMS Abingdon was a Hunt class minesweeper of the Royal Navy from World War I.

Initially she served with the Aegean Squadron. From 1919-1935 she was held in reserve at Malta, then joined the 2nd Minesweeping Flotilla in Malta and Hong Kong.

Following a successful Warship Week National Savings campaign in February 1942 she was adopted by Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.[1]

Returning to Malta at the start of World War II, Abingdon was damaged by a mine in 1941. She was bombed and severely damaged by Italian aircraft 5 April 1942 at Kalkara Creek, Malta and was beached with a broken back at Bighi. She was broken up there in 1950.

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