HMS Armada was a Battle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy (RN). She was
named in honour of the English victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Armada was built by Hawthorn Leslie and Company on the Tyne. She was
launched on 9 December 1943 and commissioned on 2 July 1945.
Displacement: 2,325 tons Length:379 ft (116 m) Beam: 40.25 ft (12.27 m)
A member of the Nepean Blue Mountains
Sub-Section who served on the Armada
Armament consisted of 4 × QF 4.5 in guns, 1 × 4 in gun and 8 × torpedo
Royal Navy service
In 1945, Armada joined the British Pacific Fleet but did not see action
during the Second World War. The following year, as part of the 19th
Destroyer Flotilla, Armada deployed to the Far East, performing a
variety of duties while based there, and the following year, Armada,
with the rest of the 19th Flotilla, returned home to the UK, visiting a
variety of ports on the way, mainly on 'fly-the-flag' visits. Upon
reaching the UK, Armada was placed in Reserve. In 1949, Armada joined
the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, deploying to the Mediterranean as part of
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In 1950, Armada, while still based in the Mediterranean, was involved in
a collision. Armada remained in the sunny climes of the Mediterranean
until returning home to the UK with the rest of the 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla. In 1956, Armada was in the area during the Suez Crisis in
1956, which took place in response to the Egyptian President Nasser's
nationalisation of the Suez Canal. She subsequently returned to home
waters when she, now Captain (D) of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, meaning
that she was the leader of the flotilla, joined the Home Fleet.
Decommissioning and fate
In 1960, Armada was decommissioned, and in 1965, she was sold to Thos W
Ward for scrapping at Inverkeithing.