Comes the sad day when the MOD[N] advertises one of its former splendid ships for sale, sending fliers out to all known competent and responsible "breakers".

For many sailors it was home.  For them it was a living artefact, and has many and various memories, most happy or neutral, with no doubt a few indifferent and  best forgotten.

Gloucester was known throughout the fleet as the "Fighting G", and served as a state-of-the-art [Batch 3] Type 42 destroyer.

Like the men and women who served in her, they all gave loyal service to the Crown, the country and the good name of that most splendid of all 'clubs', the ROYAL NAVY. While the personnel grow old, hopefully draw a generous pension and eventually pass on to higher ground donating their memories of this vessel to the incinerator or the grave, the ship, or those parts left as signified in this flier, is recycled and born again,  to start life all over as yet another artefact, and that rebirth could be repeated more than once!

As the ships sponsor [the person called upon to launch the vessel] would have said "God Bless her and all who serve in her", we might conclude by altering the word 'serve' to read 'served'.


Disposal Ship: The former HMS GLOUCESTER Sales Summary
Document issued without commitment or prejudice


Ship or Vessel in Service Name: GLOUCESTER
Where lying: PORTSMOUTH UK


Section 1

General particulars
Hull and Structure
Deck Gear
Machinery and Systems
Stability and Ballasting

Section 2

Inventory of Potential Hazardous Material on Board
(not included - under revision)
Disposal Ship: The former HMS GLOUCESTER Sales Summary
Document issued without commitment or prejudice


General particulars
Date and Place of Build
1979 Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston, Southampton UK
(launched 1982, commissioned 1985
Date ceased service 5 August 2011
Type of Vessel:
Ex Pennant No.
Formerly a Warship – Type 42 (“stretched, batch 3”)
Summary of condition Considered sound for Towing, not in running condition,
certain equipments, having been removed by MoD for
further use.
Displacements and
(from Platform Duty Holder
MoD Ship Authority)
Current displacement: 4300 tonnes
Lightship: estimate 3800 tonnes
Note 1: Build weights for a B3 T42 Destroyer were as
T42 Batch III
Hull 2507
Equipment 370
Armament 327
Machinery 635
Equipment 37
Protection 2
Total 3878
Note: the hull item includes 140 tonnes of solid ballast
which may include lead block.
Draughts in feet Current: Fwd 12ft. (3.7m) Mid 13ft (3.9) Aft 13 ft (3.9m)
Prop Sweep 18ft (5.5m)
Lengths in feet (metres) Overall 463ft (141.1m) Mean light-waterline 434ft (132.2m)
Breadth in feet (metres) Extreme: 49ft 1in (15m) waterline (frame 34) 48ft (14.6m)
OA height Mast-head to
114ft (35m)
Last Docking 2007 Rosyth
Last Refit 2007 Rosyth
Hull and Structure
Propellers Twin Controllable Pitch (CPP) 5 bladed skewed propellers,
12ft 9 ins (3.89m) diameter with approx 8ft (2.5m) long
boss/hub. Manganese bronze. Nil bow thrusters.
Shafts & Glands Twin shafts, turning gear in, brakes on. Glands hard up and
Rudders Twin. Mechanically and hydraulically locked amidships.
Stabilisers 4, two each side, projecting approximately 12 ft (3m) at a
downward angle and within the hull form with ship upright.
Hydraulically and mechanically locked.
Logs 1, electromagnetic type. Projecting approximately 1ft 6ins
(0.5m) from outer bottom.
Disposal Ship: The former HMS GLOUCESTER Sales Summary
Document issued without commitment or prejudice


Sonar - 1 hull mounted sonar bulge projecting 7ft 3ins (2.21m) from
the keel and 149 ft (45.4m) from waterline bow.
Keels - 2 bilge keels projecting approx 3ft (0.9m) from outer bottom
Hull valves Shut and wire locked.
Hull condition Sound at last docking (2007).
Paint coatings
UW hull:
Upper hull:
Appears sound, weed growth evident.
Appears in good condition.
Appears in fair condition though cosmetically poor following
surface material removal. Surface corrosion evident and
Accommodation Bulk of soft furnishings have been removed, carpets remain.
Deck Gear
Anchors 1 AC14 stockless anchor only is fitted. Made up for letting go
starboard side of focsle.
Chain Cable Currently on board: 11 shackles are board disbursed as
follows: 4 on quarterdeck, 4 on forecastle (rigged for mooring
at present) 3 remaining in cable locker – anchor attached.
DRSO will reconfigure in due course. All out of date for survey.
Towing Ship can readily be prepared for commercial tow by purchaser.
Cordage None held fit for use.
Bollards/Bits Appear sound – not certified
Davits/Cranes Davits and Boat launching cranes stowed and inoperative.
Boats Removed, nil remain
Machinery and Systems (not functional or maintained)
Boilers 1 Stones Vapours auxiliary boiler remains.
Main Engines 2 Tyne and 1 Olympus turbine removed, I Olympus GT
Generators 4 originally fitted. 2 Paxman VENTURA V16 450v 60 Hz
1000kw each remain; 2 have been removed.
Auxiliaries and Pumps Various, electrically driven.
Electrical 440v 60Hz and 115v 60Hz. Not safe for use, system is cut.
Steering Gear Hydraulically and mechanically locked amidships.
Electronic & Sensors Partially removed, none working
GMDSS Removed
Batteries Removed.
Fire-Fighting Not working or maintained.
Sanitary Sewage Treatment Plants. Empty and cleaned.
Certification Anchors and cable: not in date.
Drawings – Main SOME
Operating Manuals None
Historical None
Disposal Ship: The former HMS GLOUCESTER Sales Summary
Document issued without commitment or prejudice


Stability, Ballasting and Tank Contents
Ballasting Summary
Tanks State
(See DLS Form1 Encl. 13).
584 tonnes fresh water ballast in main fuel tanks which were
emptied and cleaned prior to ballasting. Approximately 500
litres of aviation fuel remains in 4Q Avcat service tank.
Remainder of tanks empty and cleaned apart from residual in
smaller tanks, Controlled Pitch Propeller shafts and Steering
Gear remain charged with hydraulic oil.
Stability Summary Stable. To be reviewed before any tow.

Sadly, in my book anyway, the dear old Fighting G was dragged out of Portsmouth Harbour on the 22nd of September 2015 to be wrecked in a foreign land in Turkey by foreigners devoid of any knowledge or understanding of what the ship was or did? They obviously came in with a very low buying price and since four years had passed since the Gloucester was last a viable commissioned warship, the MOD wanted shut of it, eager to bank the proceeds of the sale. It beggars belief as to where the salvage went [to whom was it sold] and what eventually would become of it? Would it perhaps be used to part build a foreign warship which one day might fight ships of the Royal Navy; who knows?