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F34 = HMS Puma,

A Type 41 (Leopard class) originally numbering 4 ships (Leopard, Puma, Lynx and Jaguar) The Design was not that successful due to relatively slow speeds given by the Diesel propulsion system and no helicopter.

Scrapped in the late 70's - 2 of the class were sold to Bangladesh (Lynx and Jaguar).

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Tom
 

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and the Bangladesh ships are still going strong. Hoping they will also aquire the Ex Andromeda/INS Krishna from india, perhpas they will put a 4.5 back on the front?
 

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Although not as long lived as the very successful leander's they did have a very long endurance ( longer than steam vessels type 12 / leanders)which favoured them for single deployemnt ops such as South Africa, South Atlantic, Indian Ocean & Gulf patrols. They were designed as Anti Aircraft escorts, hence a lower top speed.it worth bearing in mind their heavy frigate armament equalled that of most destroyers ( except the Darings).
I feel these frigates have somewhat being overlooked in their contributions.
Five units were built, the last one named Panther was transferred to India prior to completion.
 

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Have to agree with FG86, they were excellent sea boats and their endurance was based on their initial tasking which was the South Atlantic based in Simonstown. This enabled them to Patrol St Helena, Falklands and all the other British dependencies in that area. Also during the cod wars they could stay on station indefinately while the steam plant fitted ships had to RAS every three or 4 days to keep their fuel topped up around 75%. Pretty basic below decks but not a bad draft.
 

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Spent a year of my eng. apprenticeship at Scotts' of Greenock on fitting out of this ship. With three engine rooms, ford and aft with two main and two aux. engines and main gearbox in each and four main in centre engine room. A pig to line up the very long prop. shafts, esp. as berthed stern on in the basin the aft end used to flex with the wash every time a ship passed, esp. tugs going full speed. Many a feeler gauge got jammed under the plummer blocks! The two turrets of 4.5's were somewhat overwhelming.
 

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