HMS Mohawk (F125)

HMS Mohawk was a Tribal-class frigate of the Royal Navy in service from 1963. She was named after a tribe of Native Americans located in southeast Canada and New York State. Mohawk was scrapped in 1983.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Mohawk
Builder: Vickers
Laid down: 23 December 1960
Launched: 5 April 1962
Commissioned: 29 November 1963
Decommissioned: 1980
Identification: Pennant number F125
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: Tribal-class frigate
  • 2,300 long tons (2,300 t) standard
  • 2,700 long tons (2,700 t) full load
  • 360 ft 0 in (109.73 m) oa
  • 350 ft 0 in (106.68 m) pp
Beam: 42 ft 3 in (12.88 m)
  • 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
  • 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) (propellers)[1]
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)
Complement: 253
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar type 965 air-search
  • Radar type 993 low-angle search
  • Radar type 978 navigation
  • Radar type 903 gunnery fire-control
  • Radar type 262 GWS-21 fire-control
  • Sonar type 177 search
  • Sonar type 170 attack
  • Sonar type 162 bottom profiling
  • Ashanti and Gurkha;
  • Sonar type 199 variable-depth
Aircraft carried: 1 × Westland Wasp helicopter
Service record
Part of: Naval On-call Force of the Mediterranean (1977)
Operations: Beira Patrol (1973)

Mohawk was built by Vickers, of Barrow-in-Furness,[2] at a cost of £4,705,000.[3] She was laid down on 23 December 1960, was launched on 5 April 1962 and commissioned on 29 November 1963.[2] Her construction had been disrupted by a labour dispute.[4]

Operational Service

In 1965, Mohawk deployed to the Persian Gulf.[5] She joined the Beira Patrol, intended to enforce an oil blockade of Rhodesia, in 1966. The following year, Mohawk deployed to the West Indies and the Mediterranean, becoming the Gibraltar guardship in 1968. By 1969, Mohawk had returned to the West Indies.

Mohawk underwent a conversion to accommodate her planned utilisation as a training ship. The refit entailed the removal of Mohawk's aft 4.5-inch gun, but the process was abandoned. In 1973, Mohawk and the destroyer Antrim relieved the destroyer Devonshire and frigate Lincoln in the Far East Squadron. Mohawk contributed to the Beira Patrol before returning to Britain in 1973. Later that year she embarked on a tour of the Norwegian coast. She was called onto assist in the search for Gaul, a fishing vessel that went missing in the Barents Sea.

In 1974, Mohawk served in the West Indies and the Mediterranean. In 1977, Mohawk joined Naval On-call Force of the Mediterranean (NAVOCFORMED), a NATO multi-national squadron. Later that year, Mohawk formed part of a task force designated "Group 6", led by the cruiser Tiger, that toured the Middle and Far East.[6] During the group's return journey the following year, Mohawk suffered hull damage in the port of Valletta, Malta after slipping her moorings early.

In 1979, Mohawk was reduced to the reserve and allocated to the Standby Squadron. After being placed on the disposal list in 1981.[7] Mohawk was sold for scrap and broken up at Cairnryan.[8]

Commanding officers

19641965Captain I G W Robertson DSC RN
19651967Captain Stanley Laurence McCardle MVO GM RN
19731977Commander Barry N Wilson RN
19771979Commander R F Cobbold RN


  1. Blackman 1971, p. 356.
  2. Gardiner & Chumbley (1995), p. 518.
  3. "A-Submarine Cost Revised". The Times (56304): Col F, p 8. 24 April 1965.
  4. "House of Commons Debate: Written Answers: Vickers Armstrongs (Labour Disputes)". Hansard. 29 May 1963. cc132–3w. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  5. Commissioning Book, HMS Mowhawk 1964-1965, Gale and Polden, Portsmouth
  6. Gough, Richard (2003), The Weapon Director, p. 2
  7. Hansard (26 April 1982), Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  8. Colledge & Warlow (2010), p. 265


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