F53 HMS Undaunted

UK Royal Navy

1944 to 1974    

F53 HMS Undaunted

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Flight Deck: UD
Call Sign: GGWR

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1942-sep-8Laid downas Ulster Class destroyer, HMS Undaunted
1943-jul-9LaunchedCammell Laird launched at Birkenhead as Ulster class destroyer
1944Commissionedas Ulster Class, pennant R53.
1946-janRefitNZHMNZD Devonport Refit completed refit and departed Auckland, NZ and returned to Devonport, UK after war service with the British Pacific Fleet, on 19 Mar 1946.
1952Refituntil 1954 into Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, by JS White and assigned pennant F53
1958RefitFitted with raised flight deck aft for P.531 trials
1958-dec-24DeploymentIn collision with HMS Maxton whilst patrolling off Cyprus
1959-nov-9TrialsP.531 trials commenced with XN333 and XN334 during Nov.
1962Refitoriginal (1958) flight deck updated to become more permanent with lessons learned from P.531 and Wasp trials.
1966Refitemerged from refit at HMD Chatham
1967-marAircraftworking up for Wasp operations, temporarily with 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS571/476-LE from HMS Leander
1969-dec-9AircraftAccident Londonderry Flt Wasp XV637/447-LD ditched S of St Albans Head while operating from HMS Undaunted, 9 Dec 1969
1978-novFate: sunksunk as a target off Casablanca, by Exocet from HMS Norfolk or some authorities claim by torpedo from HMS Swiftsure.
2012-aug-18Ship s Bell (1966) still in safe keeping at Sea Cadet unit TS Jersey on Jersey, CI


    from Type 15 class
2850full load (tn)
110.50length (m)
10.90beam (m)
4.40draught (m)
36max speed (knots)
2Naval Engine steam turbines
2Naval Gun single 40 mm


    Typical Max
Landing platform only. No hangar
UK Royal Navy Saunders R saro p.531 01
UK Royal Navy Westland wasp 01

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UK Cammell Laird,

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