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F119 - HMS Eskimo

F119 - HMS Eskimo

Type 81 'Tribal' Class Frigate, commissioned 21 February 1963
Photographed off Gravesend, outbound on 12 September 1979

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We had one of these come alongside us once when I was serving in the Aurora and we were moored alongside the jetty in Portland. When she left she went astern and I seem to recollect it was quite a sight to see the flames coming out of the after funnel - can any of our Grey Funnel line members confirm that I wasn't seeing things ands that this did used to happen.
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All the RN ones are long gone. Some were sold to either Malaysia or Indonesia, I don't know if any of those are still around.

They had a G6 gas turbine as well as the steam plant, the G6's were know for spltting flames on start up as well as throwing starter motors around the engine room.
 

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Three (zulu, Gurkha and Tartar) went to Indonesia, none to Malaysia. The last I heard they were being used for EEZ patrol duties. Present condition doubtful.

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Gurka laid up and being used for spares to support Tartar and Zulu both of which remain in service with the Indonsian Navy. Mowhawk was scrapped, Nubian was sunk as a target and most spectacular of all was Ashanti when used as a torpedo target for Spartan and Sceptre. Was in Tartar in 1963/4 (Thumb)
 

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Spent a few weeks on Gurkha doing my RNR time. Seem to remember these ships were only single screw with no bow thrust of course so needed to use the transverse thrust effect a lot when berthing - plus lots of warping!
 

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The last Tribal to leave the UK was Eskimo, used as a target at Milford Haven for numerous years she was towed to Bilbao in 1992 for breaking.

Believe the Indonesian Tribals are all decommissioned now.
 

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Peter4447,
My first sea-going ship was the Gurkha (Rosyth) in 1972 and I was on the Eskimo for a couple of years down in Chatham, leaving her decommissioned in 1981.
I can heartily confirm that these were flames shooting out! The tannoy warning pipe over the ship`s main broadcast system before starting G6 gas turbine was `stand clear of the after funnel,..G6 about to be started` and it was clear why this was the case!!
By the way, I joined Eskimo five days after GeeMcDee`s photograph.
regards, Donald
 

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Thanks Donald - it was quite a sight and clearly my eyes did not deceive me!
Peter
 

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