HMS Tartar (F133)

HMS Tartar was a Tribal-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). She was named after the Tartar people, most of whom were located in Asia and Eastern Europe. She was sold to Indonesia in 1984.

Aerial view of Tribal-class frigate HMS Tartar (F133), 1971 (IWM)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tartar
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 22 October 1959
Launched: 19 September 1960
Commissioned: 26 February 1962
Decommissioned: 29 March 1984
Identification: F133
Motto: Without Fear
Fate: Sold to Indonesia, 1984
Name: KRI Hasanuddin
Operator: Indonesian Navy
Acquired: 1984
Identification: 333
Status: Decommissioned; awaiting disposal
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
Operations: Third Cod War

Tartar was built by Devonport Dockyard,[2] at a cost of £4,140,000.[3] She was launched on 19 September 1960 and commissioned on 26 February 1962.[2]

Service history

Royal Navy

While in the West Indies in 1963, Tartar provided support to Trinidad after Hurricane Flora struck the Caribbean.[4][5] In early December, Tartar's crew apprehended nine armed Cuban on board a ship off Cay Sal, Bahamas, where an arms cache was discovered by a ship's party.[6]

Tartar recommissioned on 12 January 1967 under Captain JRC Johnston and attended Portsmouth Navy Days later that year.[7] The frigate arrived in the Persian Gulf in 1968 via Simonstown, Mombasa and the Seychelles. Captain Johnston had been relieved by Captain Cameron Rusby due to ill health. On the voyage to the Seychelles the fleet auxiliary vessel RFA Ennerdale was lost, having struck a submerged object. Service in the Gulf was followed by a homeward journey via the Beira Patrol lasting six weeks and Cape Town thence to Gibraltar arriving during the talks between Harold Wilson, Prime Minister and Ian Smith from Rhodesia on board the cruiser Tiger.

In 1975, Tartar undertook fishery protection duties in the Barents Sea. She supported operations during the Third Cod War with Iceland. During the dispute, Tartar was rammed by the patrol vessel ICGV Týr on 1 April,[8] and by ICGV Ægir on 6 May.[9] Later that year, in the West Indies, Tartar searched for and located the wreckage of Cubana Flight 455. She was present at the Spithead Fleet Review in 1977, held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. At this time she was part of the 1st Frigate Squadron.[10]

Tartar was reduced to reserve in 1980, being placed in the Standby Squadron.[11] She was taken out of reserve during the Falklands War and restored for active service.[12] The frigate did not deploy to the South Atlantic, however, instead operating in home waters in the absence of other warships. She did deploy to the West Indies as guardship in 1982/1983 for 3 months, spending Christmas and new Year in St Petersburg Florida. In June 1983, Tartar's Westland Wasp helicopter evacuated the six-man crew of the supply ship MV Spearfish, which had collided with an oil rig in the English Channel. As a potential hazard to navigation, Spearfish had to be sunk by the guns of Tartar.[13]

Indonesian Navy

Tartar was decommissioned in 1984 and sold to Indonesia. She was commissioned into the Indonesian Navy as Hasanuddin,[14] so named after a sultan who fought the Dutch. The frigate has since been decommissioned. Her name was given to a Dutch-built Sigma-class corvette.

Commanding officers

19651966Commander R D Franklin RN
19671967Commander J R C Johnston RN
19691971Captain Cameron Rusby RN
19771977Commander M A C Moore RN
19771979Lieutenant Commander J R Stanford RN


  1. Blackman 1971, p. 356.
  2. Gardiner, Robert & Chesneau, Roger (1995), p. 518.
  3. "A-Submarine Cost Revised". The Times (56304): Col F, p 8. 24 April 1965.
  4. "Hurricane Kills More Than 400". The Times (55825): Col F, p 10. 7 October 1963.
  5. "Tobago Prepares To Rebuild". The Times (55827): Col B, p 10. 9 October 1963.
  6. "British Patrol Arrests Nine Cubans". The Times (55873): Col E, p 10. 2 December 1963.
  7. Programme, Navy Days Portsmouth, 26–28 August 1967, HMSO, p17.
  8. "Rammings damage cod war frigates". The Times (59670): Col A, p. 4. 3 April 1976.
  9. "Mr Crosland stands by for cod war message". The Times (59714): Col D, p. 4. 27 May 1976.
  10. Winton, John (July 1977) "Spithead – 28 June 1977". The Naval Review: Vol. 65, No. 3, p. 203.
  11. Hansard (26 April 1982), Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  12. Hansard (27 May 1982), Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  13. "Ship's crew saved after oil rig collision". The Times (61572): Col D, p. 1. 30 June 1983.
  14. Colledge, J. J. & Warlow, Ben (2010), p. 397


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