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Photographer:Allan RO [View profile]Title:HMS Matapan D43Added:Mar 10, 2008
Photo Category: Destroyers
OK - here's an oddity. HMS Matapan - was built as a Batch 2 Battle class destroyer. Almost immediately, she was placed in reserve, in which state she remained for 22 years. She was then converted to a Sonar Trials Ship operated by the admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment

HMS Matapan D43

built : John Brown, Clydebank
KL - 11:03:1944, L - 30:04:1945, comm : 05:09:1947

laid up Gillingham Reach, then Devonport

January 1970 - 1 November 1971 converted in Dry Dock #14, Portsmouth
re-commissioned : 02:02:1973
decommissioned 1978 and broken up, Blythe, Northumberland where she arrived 11:08:1979

photo : Solent, 08:1972
photo : © Dr. Allan Ryszka-Onions 1972/2008
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Pennant no.:D43
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747guy on Jun 23, 2011 22:45 (7 years ago)
great picture, this was the most secret ship of the seventies navy, with a hand picked crew, her speed as a battle class made her first choice for conversion.
Marc Piché on Mar 19, 2008 11:56 (10 years ago)
Nice to see a fine view of the last Battle-class DD in service albeit in a much modified state. Funny that she kept her D pennant during this period.

Thanks for posting this one, Allan.
Allan RO on Mar 18, 2008 21:00 (10 years ago)
Hi Douglas

One from the archives.............we were out on a boat for the start of the Tall Ships Race and she came steaming past - just wish I had got more than a fixed 50mm lens camera !!!!

Douglas Cromby on Mar 18, 2008 20:33 (10 years ago)
Hi Allan,
Fantastic shot. Such a rarity to see her in colour.
All the best,
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