HMS Ajax (F114)

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HMS Ajax
Career RN Ensign
Ordered:
Laid down: 12 October 1959
Launched: 16 August 1962
Commissioned: 10 December 1963
Decommissioned: 31 May 1985
Fate: Scrapped 1988
Struck:
General Characteristics
Displacement: 2450 tons std, 2860 tons max
Length: 372 ft
Beam: 41 ft
Draught: 18 ft
Propulsion: 2 x Babcock & Wilcox 550psi boilers

2 x English Electric steam turbines

Speed: 30 knots
Range: 5300 nm at 12 knots
Complement: 251 as built, 257 after Ikara refit
Armament: As built: 2 x Vickers 4.5" in Mk6 turret (1 x 2),
2 x 40mm (2 x 1),
1 x Mk10 Limbo AS mortar.

After Ikara refit:
2 x 40mm (2 x 1),
1 x Mk10 Limbo AS mortar / 1 x Ikara AS rocket,
8 x GWS22 SeaCat (2 x 4).

Aircraft: 1 Westland Wasp helicopter
Motto:

HMS Ajax (F114) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy. She was built by the famous Cammell Laird company of Birkenhead. Ajax was launched on 16 August 1962 and commissioned on 10 December 1963. She was originally intended to be part of the Rothesay-class, but instead became part of Batch 1 of the Leander-class.

In 1964, Ajax deployed to the Far East, becoming leader of the 24th Escort Group. It was a long deployment, and Ajax did not return to the UK until 1968. In 1970, Ajax became the Gibraltar guardship, a required deployment at that time due to the tense fears of invasion by General Franco. Later that year, Ajax began modernisation that lasted to 1973, which included the addition of Ikara and SeaWolf.

In 1974, Ajax assisted in the evacuation of British citizens after the Turkish invasion of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. In 1976, while on a visit to Canada, Ajax visisted the town of Ajax, Ontario, which had been named in honour of her predecessor which had been a Leander-class cruiser, which had seen service at the Battle of the River Plate during the Second World War. The 'new' Ajax was granted the freedom of the city of Ajax.

In 1977, Ajax underwent a refit at Devonport Dockyard. In 1979, Ajax deployed to the Mediterranean. In 1980, Ajax underwent a refit at Gibraltar which finished in 1981. That year, Ajax became leader of the 1st Frigate Squadron. She did not take part in the 1982 Falklands War. She underwent further deployments that culminated in the highlight of her final year in 1985, when she escorted the HMY Britannia, which had a number of the Royal Family on a tour of Italy. She decommissioned 31 May. In 1988, Ajax was scrapped. Ajax's anchor is now located in Ajax, Ontario a fitting resting place for the remains of the long serving frigate.

See HMS Ajax for other ships of the name.


Leander-class frigate
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