H.M.S. Scarborough A first rate anti-submarine, Type 12, Whitby Class frigate, Laid down 11 September 1953, built by Vickers Armstrong at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and launched on the 4th April 1955 by the Countess of Scarborough. Commissioned 10th May 1957. Decommissioned and paid off 7th August 1972. 1974 Sale to Pakistan cancelled. 31st August 1977 Blyth Shipbreakers.
|7.11.1955||Lieut. Commander E F Davies|
|26.2.1957||Commander E A S Manners DSC RN|
|1958||Commander N E F Dalrymple-Hamilton MVO MBS DSC RN|
|1.10.1958||Commander C W Eason|
|1959||Captain M Usherwood RN|
|1959||Captain D G Clutterbuck RN|
|29.5.1959||Captain Jozef Bartosik CB DSC RN|
|1.5.1961||Commander P W Buchanan|
|10.2.1964||Lieut. Commander K E Maun|
|1964||Captain R.S. Forrest RN|
|20.9.1965||Lieut. Commander M L Tudor-Craig|
|14.12.1967||Captain I.S.S. Mackay RN|
|6.8.1968||Captain V M Howard|
|07.1969||Captain O. Nigel A. Cecil RN|
|15.2.1970||Captain W J Graham|
The details of command appointments are culled from various sources and are the dates of appointment or joining. These dates may be subject to possible errors and if so any corrections would be gratefully received by emailing the webmaster.
HMS SCARBOROUGH 1958 alongside at Garden Island, near Perth, W.A.
She had been taking part in "Operation Grapple" during the Christmas Island Hydrogen Bomb Tests.
Photograph taken by Roger Eastwood, and kindly submitted by his son Geoff Eastwood for the unofficial RAN Centenary 1911-2011 photostream at Horatio J Kookaburra's Flickr Account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41311545@N05/.
|Propulsion||2 Babcock and Wilcox boilers
2 English Electric steam turbines
|Range||370 tons oil fuel, 4,200nm
7,780km at 12 knots
|Complement||152 - 225|
|Armament||1 x twin 4.5in gun Mk6
1 x twin 40mm Bofors gun Mk2 STAAG later
1 x single 40mm Bofors gun Mk7
|A/S Weaponry||2 x Limbo A/S mortar Mk10
12 x 21in A/S torpedo tubes
H.M.S. Scarborough led a very busy life, as the Leader (Captain F5) of the 5th Frigate Squadron she circumnavigated the globe visiting many countries and taking part in some important world events. Including the Atomic Bomb Tests (operation Grapple) at Christmas Island in the Pacific (1958).
Besides showing the flag H.M.S. Scarborough was involved in the usual naval training exercises and patrols including Icelandic patrols during the Cod War.
From April 1964 until paying off in 1972 H.M.S. Scarborough was Leader of the 17th Frigate Squadron which included H.M.S. Tenby, H.M.S. Torquay and H.M.S. Eastbourne (Dartmouth Training Squadron) responsible for providing sea training for young officer cadets, engine room artificers and Royal Marine officers from Britain and also officer cadets from many other countries.
Some more photographs relating to the "Around The World" commission kindly provided by the Royal Navy Museum Portsmouth can be found by clicking on the following links: Ship's Company Photograph ¦ Circumnavigation Chart ¦ HMS Scarborough at Sydney ¦ Crossing The Line Certificate ¦
During her many overseas commissions and naval duties she managed to visit her adopted home town in August 1962, June 1971 and May 1972 when she paid a farewell visit prior to decommissioning, leaving in the town's safe keeping the 'Freedom of Scarborough' casket presented to Thomas Piercy, Commanding Officer of H.M.S. Countess of Scarborough, following the engagement with a squadron of ships commanded by John Paul Jones off Flamborough Head in 1779.
A most comprehensive report of the Battle of Flamborough Head can be found at:
<Link to detailed website information of the 'Battle off Flamborough Head'>