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HMS Ajax F114 Frigate

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First Commission

1963 - 1965





Second Commission

1965 - 1966

HMS Ajax Frigate F114

“White Tornado”


Builder: Cammell Laird - Birkenhead

Laid Down: 12th October 1959. Originally laid down as a Rothesay Class frigate to be called HMS Fowey but instead became part of the first Batch of Leander Class frigates and named HMS Ajax 14th March 1960.

Launched: 16th August 1962 by Mrs Dreyer, later Lady Dreyer, (Second wife of Admiral Sir Desmond Parry Dreyer GCB CBE DSC who was Lieutenant Commander on HMS Ajax Cruiser at the Battle of the River Plate and a former member of the HMS Ajax and River Plate Veterans Association)

Commissioned: 10th December 1963


Complement:        251 as built; 255 as an Escort Leader; 257 after Ikara refit

Displacement:        2450 tons standard, 2860 tons max

Dimensions:             Length 372 feet overall

                                 Beam 40 feet 6 inches

                                 Draught 17 feet 6 inches


Main guns:      As built: 2 x Vickers 4.5" in Mk6 turret (1 x 2)

                                 Refitted: 2 x 40mm (2x1)

Secondary guns:     As built: 2 x 40mm (2x1)

                               Refitted: None

Other weapons:      As built: ASW: 1 x MklO Limbo AS mortar

                                 Refitted: ASW: 1 x Mkl 0 Limbo AS mortar/1 x Ikara AS rocket

                                 SAM: 8 x GWS22 SeaCat (2 x 4)

Countermeasures:  Type 182 towed decoy/Corvus decoy launchers

Aircraft:                  1 x Westland Wasp

Radar:                      As built: Type 903 tracking/Type 965 surveillance/Type 993 search/Type 978 navigation  

                                 Refitted: Type 903 tracking/Type 993 search/Type 978 navigation

Sonar:        Type 177 attack / Type 170B attack / Type 162 bottomed target / Type 199 VDS

Other:      As built: N/A

                                 Refitted: ADAWS5 Ikara fire control/GWS22 SeaCat fire control

                                 Cossor 1010 IFF interrogator/SCOT communications

Engines:      2 x Babcock & Wilcox 550psi boilers

                                 2 x English Electric steam turbines

Power output:      30,000 shp

Speed:      30 knots

Shafts:      2

Range:      5300NM at 12 knots

Fuel:                  460 tons of oil


Frigate 7 Frigate 8 Ikara

HMS Ajax 1971 Refitted with Ikara Weapon For'd.

First Commission; inc crew Commissioning Booklet Second Commission Continued 2 Continued 3 Continued 4; inc crew list Frigate 3rd Commission crew list