HMS Eskimo (F119)
|Builder:||J. Samuel White|
|Laid down:||22 October 1958|
|Launched:||20 March 1960|
|Commissioned:||21 February 1963|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1992|
|Class and type:||Tribal-class frigate|
|Beam:||42 ft 3 in (12.88 m)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph) (COSAG)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
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|Aircraft carried:||1 × Westland Wasp helicopter|
Eskimo began her third commission in October 1966. In 1967, Eskimo transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet, with which the ship took part in a number of port visits and exercises. In June, Eskimo replaced her sistership Ashanti off Aden in response to the start of the Six-Day War. In 1968 she took part in Portsmouth 'Navy Days'. The above is incorrect with regard to Eskimos position at the start of the 6 day war. She was at the north end of the Suez Canal at Port Said and was due to enter the canal but ordered to wait. She was then sent back to Malta. After a courtesy visit to Nice, she then sailed for Capetown via the Atlantic. On leaving there the ship was deployed on "Bairra Patrol" which concerned the blockade of oil and goods destined for Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe). This was in response to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Ian Smith, the Prime Minister. Eskimo called at Mombasa for R and R and did not reach her station at Bahrain until shortly before Christmas. At no point did she go to Aden.
Due to a manpower shortage in the Royal Navy, Eskimo was reduced to the reserve in 1980, being placed into the Standby Squadron, and in 1981 was put on the disposal list. In 1984 she was cannibalised for spare parts for three Tribal-class frigates sold to Indonesia. On 16 January 1986, Eskimo was towed from Portsmouth to Pembroke Dock to be used as a target, but was not used as such. In May 1992 she was towed from Pembroke to Bilbao, Spain to be scrapped.
|1964||1966||Commander E R Anson RN|
|1966||1968||Commander S A C Cassels RN|
|1968||1968||Commander J F Kidd RN|
|1974||1975||Commander A Grose RN|
|1975||1976||Commander R K Dibble RN|
|1976||1978||Commander C Morgan RN|
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