HMS Hardy (F54)

HMS Hardy was an anti-submarine warfare frigate of the Blackwood class or Type 14. She was named after Thomas Masterman Hardy, Captain of HMS Victory at Trafalgar. Hardy was the first Type 14 frigate built, completed on 8 December 1955, by Yarrow Shipbuilders.

HMS Hardy (F54), 14 July 1969 (IWM HU 129855)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Hardy
Namesake: Thomas Masterman Hardy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 4 February 1953
Launched: 25 November 1953
Acquired: 8 December 1955
Commissioned: 15 December 1955
Identification: Pennant number: F54
Fate: Sunk as target 3 July 1984
General characteristics
Class and type: Blackwood-class frigate
Displacement: 1,456 tons (1,479 tonnes) full load
Length: 310 ft (94 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
  • Y-100 plant
  • 2 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers
  • steam turbines on single shaft
  • 15,000 shp (11 MW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 112
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar Type 974 navigation
  • Sonar Type 174 search
  • Sonar Type 162 target classification
  • Sonar Type 170 targeting

Operational Service

On commissioning Hardy served in the Third Training Squadron at Londonderry Port before transferring to the Second Training Squadron in Portland in 1957. In 1960 she underwent a major modernisation and refit, before joining the Twentieth Frigate Squadron in Londonderry Port.[1] In 1967 Hardy transferred to the Second Frigate Squadron and attended Portsmouth Navy Days.[2] The after 40 mm guns in these ships were removed early in their careers due to hull strengthening problems.

Icelandic Patrol and the First Cod War.

In January 1977, when the United Kingdom enlarged its Exclusive economic zone to 200 nautical miles (370 km), Hardy was deployed on patrols of the EEZ, protecting fishing stocks and oil fields.[3] Serving mainly in the Londonderry Port and Portland areas, Hardy attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead when she was part of the 2nd Frigate Squadron.[4]

She paid off to the Standby Squadron in August 1977, then, after another short spell of operational service at Portland, became a stores accommodation ship in Portsmouth in October 1979. She was used as a target for Exocet missiles and was finally sunk, by torpedo, in the Western Approaches 3 July 1984.


  1. Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, August 26, 27, 28th 1967, HMSO, p.13
  2. Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, August 26, 27, 28th 1967, HMSO, p.13
  3. "Frigates on the Fish Beat". Navy News. February 1977. pp. 1, 40. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO


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