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HMS Wrangler (R48)
HMS Wrangler 1944 IWM FL 21789
Wrangler in June 1944
Career (UK) Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom
Name: HMS Wrangler (R48) & (F157)
Ordered: 3 December 1941
Builder: Vickers Armstrong
Laid down: 23 September 1942
Launched: 29 September 1943
Commissioned: 14 July 1944
Fate: Sold to South Africa 1957
Career (South Africa) Naval Ensign of South Africa (1959–1981).svg
Name: SAS Vyrstaat (F157)
Fate: Sunk as Target 1976
General characteristics
Class & type: W class destroyer
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 15 frigate

HMS Wrangler (R48) was an W-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F157. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

In 1954 Wrangler was involved in the search for wreckage of the BOAC de Havilland Comet airliner G-ALYP, that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Elba.

Sold to the South African Navy in 1957 as the SAS Vrystaat, the pennant number remaining the same.


  1. Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden


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