F39 Leander Class Frigate | 1965-1987
Beira Patrol (1970),Icelandic Cod War (1975-76), Armilla Patrol (1980)
Leander

Built at Yarrow, Scotstoun, and first commissioned on 15th March 1965, the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate spent the first 7 years of her service as a standard Leander class frigate and underwent a major conversion re-fit in 1972. This saw the removal of the twin 4.5 " gun, to be replaced by the ASW (anti-submarine warfare) IKARA missile launcher, forward of the bridge. Also equipped with Limbo ASW mortars, Seacat air defence missiles and Wasp helicopter. She was de-commissioned in April 1987, renamed HulVul,and used as a static trials ship at Portsmouth 1989-90. She was sunk during a weapons testing trial on 28th September 1990. Between 1965 and 1978 Naiad steamed 337,407 miles and visited ports all around the world.

Naiad firing her IKARA missile

C93 Dido Class Cruiser | 1939-1942

Crete, Mediterranean & The Malta Convoys (1941-42)

5,450 ton, Dido class light anti-aircraft (AA) cruiser, launched in 1939. Her armaments included ten 5.25 guns, six 21" torpedo tubes and sixteen other guns. She is recorded as having given distinguished service during the World War II, particularly in the Mediterranean, including the defence of the Malta Convoys, the evacuation of Crete and bombardments of North Africa. Sunk in the eastern Mediterranean near Egypt (32º01'N, 26º20'E), by a single torpedo from German U-Boat 565 on 11th March 1942, whilst bearing the flag of Rear Admiral Vian, with Capt., Guy Grantham, DSO, RN in Command. 77 members of the crew were lost, with 582 survivors.



Apollo Class Cruiser | 1890 -1922
Apollo
Built in Barrow and launched in 1890. A second class Apollo protected cruiser of 3,400 tons. Carried an armament of two 6" guns, four torpedo tubes and sixteen other guns. She saw service in the Mediterranean and during World War I. Converted to a mine-layer in 1910 carrying up to 150 mines, but at the cost of reduced guns.

They were a modified version of the earlier Medea class. They carried a mixed armament entirely made up of quick firing guns, but these guns were badly arranged, producing ships with a reasonable broadside but limited firepower fore and aft. They were not very seaworthy, and were followed by a number of classes of larger, more seaworthy ships. At the start of the First World War a number of them saw limited active service, before spending most of the war as depot ships. A number of them came back into prominence in 1918 when they were used as block ships during the attempts to close the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend.

The Apollo class cruisers were amongst the oldest ships still in service with the Royal Navy at the start of the First World War. They were part of one of the biggest classes of cruisers ever built, twenty one strong and build under the 1889 Naval Defence Act, although by 1914 only twelve were still in service.   Naiad became a depot ship on the Tyne before eventually being sold in 1922.

Amazon Class Frigate | 1797-1866

Battle of Trafalgar (1805)Amazon
Built at Limehouse on the Thames, by Hall and Co., and commissioned in 1798, she was a fifth-rate ship of 1,020 tons. Naiad had thirty-eight guns with a crew of 284 men. One of the earliest types of man-of-war to be classed a frigate. Remained in service for 69 years and saw considerable action during the Napoleonic wars against both the French and Spanish. Naiad fought at Trafalgar and ended her service in 1866, when she was sold to the Pacific Steam Navigation Company and was eventually broken up in 1898. Naiad was the longest surviving ship from Trafalgar, apart from HMS Victory.

Naiad tows the Belleisle towards Gibraltar, 23 October 1805

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