of general-purpose frigates were an improvement of the Type 12 "Whitby"
and "Rothesay" class of anti-submarine ships. The first "Leanders"
were commissioned in the early 1960's and by 1973; they were the
largest class of major warships in the Royal Navy. In total 26 ships
were built for Royal Navy service and the design proved so
successful that 4 ships were built for New Zealand and Chile. An
additional 14 ships based on this class were constructed by the
Australian, Indian and Dutch navies. While most of these ships were
eventually scrapped, some are still in service after being sold by
the Royal Navy but this number is getting smaller each year..
Navy Leander Class
frigates of 2500 tons displacement built by the HM Dockyard
at Portsmouth and launched in 1967. She was armed with twin 4.5 inch
guns and two 40 mm anti- aircraft guns and a Limbo anti-submarine
mortar. She carried a Wasp helicopter and was manned by a crew of
general purpose frigates were a development of the successful 'Whitby'
and 'Rothesay' class Type 12 Anti-Submarine designs, and they
completed the change from the previous pattern of special purpose
frigates which had dominated since the 1951 construction programme,
and which had started with the Tribal class. Later however, with the
Ikara conversions (A/S - Anti-Submarine) in particular,
specialization returned as the Royal Navy's role within NATO became
principally an anti-submarine one. They were in commission from the
1960's until the early 1990's. As these ships got older and needs
changed to meet new demands and threats from more advanced weaponry,
most of these ships had their twin 4.5in Mk. 6 turrets replaced with
either Ikara, Exocet or Seawolf missile systems.
refits and conversions changed the initial configuration
significantly - basic details of changes to main armament only are
mentioned. Batch 3 had a 43ft beam. Batches 2 and 3 had Lynx
helicopters. The three ships Ajax, Dido, Leander, were planned as
the last three of the 'Rothesay' class.
- Twin 4.5in guns
- 2 x 40mm AA
- Limbo mortar Anti-submarine weapon
||4,000 to 5000 miles at 15 knots approximately
||Two double reduction geared turbines. 30,000shp
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