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Postby shipstamps » Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:26 pm

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HMS, Eskimo, built by Samuel White and Company, at Cowes, Isle of Wight, she is one of seven Tribal class frigates now in service with the Royal Navy. The Eskimo was launched in March 1961, by Lady Durlacher, wife of the then Fifth Sea Lord. The ship is a Type 81 General Purpose Frigate and is designed to perform a variety of roles, such as anti-submarine warfare, air defence of merchant shipping naval forces, as well as gunfire support for troops ashore. She is fitted with the most modern sonar ,radar, radio and gunnery control equipment. She is also equipped to carry a helicopter to extend the scope of her antisubmarine capability. Of all-welded, pre-fabricated construction H.M.S. Eskimo has a standard displacement of 2,300 tons, a length of 360ft. and a beam of 42ft. Main propulsion is by steam turbines, but for high speeds a gas turbine can be connected to the shaft to supplement the steam power and provide extra boost. She is the second ship of the name in the Royal Navy and has a complement of 17 officers and 270 ratings. Guns: two 4.5in. and two 40mm. The ship's badge depicts a Reindeer's head. Pennant Number is Fl 19. SG215
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Re: Eskimo HMS

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:12 am

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Built as a frigate under yard No 2001 by Samuel J. White at Cowes, Island of Wight for the British Royal Navy.
22 October 1958 laid down.
20 March 1960 launched under the name HMS ESKIMO (F119). One of the Tribal class.
Displacement 2,300 tons standard, 2,700 tons full load, dim. 109.7 x 12.9 x 5.3m.
Powered by COSAG a combined steam and gas turbine. A single Metrovick steam turbine, powered by a Babcock & Wilcox Y 100 boiler and a G6 Metrovick gas turbine. Where both connected to a single gearbox, driving a single shaft, 12,500 shp + 7,500 shp. The steam turbine is used for normal cruising while the gas turbine was used for sustained bursts of high speed or when it was necessary to get underway quickly without waiting for steam to be raised. When both machines were running, speeds of 28 knots could be attained.
Range 4,500 miles by a speed of 12 knots. Bunker capacity 400 tons.
Armament 2 – double 4.5 inch, 2 – 40mm. guns. Anti submarine armament 1 Limbo Mk 10, one Wasp helicopter.
Crew 253.
21 February 1963 commissioned.

The Tribal class was designed to work in all climates, but special for the Far East, West Indies and the Persian Gulf. The class was fitted out with air-condition.
The ESKIMO after commissioned was in service at the Middle East and home waters. During the subsequent commissions the ESKIMO has visited many parts of the world and seen service in the Mediterranean, the Far East, The West Indies and the Middle East.
She visited Tristan da Cunha in September 1970.
In July 1971 the ship entered a long refit and extensive modernisation programme at Chatham. During this refit her main armament was increased with the addition of two Seacat missile systems. Also the accommodation space was improved.
1973 Recommissioned, and after a workup period out of Portsmouth she sat sail for the West Indies in the spring of 1974.
Was refitted and thereafter she entered the Standby Squadron at Chatham in August 1979.
August 1981 placed on the disposal list.
During the Falkland War in 1982 she was cannibalised for spare parts for other ships of the Tribal class.

Used as a target vessel by the Research Establishment at Aberport.
16 January 1986 she was towed from Portsmouth for use as a target.
14 May 1992 ESKIMO towed from Pembroke by the tug ARDNEIL and arrived at Bilbao, Spain on 19 May 1992 to be scrapped by Demolition Naval del Norte S.A.

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