HMS Delight (D119)

HMS Delight was a Daring-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, launched in 1950 as the Royal Navy's first all-welded warship, and broken up at Inverkeithing in 1971.[1]

HMS Delight
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Delight
Ordered: 5 June 1943
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Laid down: 5 September 1946
Launched: 21 December 1950
  • Duris delectat virtus
  • ("Valour delighteth in difficulties")
Fate: Scrapped 1971
  • On a Field Green, Pan's Pipe Gold and Silver
General characteristics
Class and type: Daring-class destroyer
Displacement: Standard: 2,830 tons, Full load: 3,820 tons
Length: 390 ft (120 m)
Beam: 53 ft (16 m)
Draught: 13.6 ft (4.1 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler boilers (650 psi, 850 °F), Parsons steam turbines, 2 shafts, 54,000 shp (40 MW)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: Approximately 300
Sensors and
processing systems:

Service history

In 1956 she formed part of the Royal Navy's force used during the Suez Operation. In 1959 Delight was involved in a collision in the Mediterranean with the cruiser Birmingham. Two ratings died during damage control activities.[2]


  1. "D Class Destroyers". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. Mason, Geoffrey B. (2007). "Chronology, Part 2 - 1951-60". Retrieved 30 May 2015.


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