|HMS Aurora (F10)|
Aurora post IKARA conversion
|Name:||HMS Aurora (F10)|
|Builder:||John Brown & Company|
|Laid down:||1 June 1961|
|Launched:||28 November 1962|
|Commissioned:||9 April 1964|
|Recommissioned:||5 August 1967|
|Decommissioned:||28 April 1987|
|Refit:||Converted to IKARA Batch 1b Leander 4 December 1974 – 27 February 1976 – Chatham Dockyard. Conversion cost £15.58m|
|Motto:||Post Tenebras Lux: 'After darkness light'|
|Fate:||Arrived for scrapping 6 September 1990 at Millom, Cumbria|
|Displacement:||2,500 tons standard, 2,962 tons full load|
|Length:||113.4 metres (372 ft)|
|Beam:||13.1 metres (43 ft)|
|Draught:||4.5 metres (15 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 Babcock & Wilcox oil-fired boilers, geared steam turbines, 22,370 kilowatts (30,000 hp), 2 shafts|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Range:||7,400 kilometres (4,600 mi; 4,000 nmi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
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HMS Aurora (F10) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). Like other ships of the class, Aurora was named after a figure of mythology, Aurora being the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Eos.
History[edit | edit source]
HMS Aurora was built by John Brown & Company, shipbuilders of Clydebank, Scotland. Aurora was launched on 28 November 1962 and commissioned on 9 April 1964.
Aurora became the leader of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in 1964. In 1972, during the Second Cod War, Aurora came to the aid of an Icelandic fishing vessel that had caught fire, rescuing its crew in the process. Soon after this incident, Aurora underwent modernisation which included the addition of the Ikara anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missile launcher that in effect changed the Batch One ships, of which Aurora was part of, into a specialised ASW batch rather than its original role as a general purpose batch. The modernisation was completed in 1976.
In 1978, Aurora joined the Fishery Protection Squadron, undertaking patrols and other duties in support of British fishing interests around the UK. She remained with the squadron until she was eventually transferred to the 7th Frigate Squadron which was stationed in the Far East, just as the RN's presence in that region was steadily dwindling. Further duties were undertook by Aurora across the world, but in 1987, due to defence cuts, as well as manpower shortages, a common problem for the RN at that time, Aurora was decommissioned.
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|1975||1976||Commander Fox RN|
|1977||1979||Commander J C Appleyard RN|
References[edit | edit source]
- HMS Aurora (Clydebuilt Ships Database) (Retrieved February 2010)
- 1967-1969 Ship's Logs. National Archives, Kew
Publications[edit | edit source]
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Marriot, Leo, 1983. Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983, Ian Allen Ltd. ISBN 07110 1322 5
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