Type 12 Rothesay Class
1950s, there was a requirement for a distant screen carrier escort. As the
Whitby Class were designed for convoy and amphibious forces escort, the design
was altered and became the Rothesay Class.
The torpedo tubes had been removed from all the class by the early 1960s.
All were refitted between 1966 and 1972, beginning with
Rothesay. This involved the removal of the forward Limbo, the resulting
hole being plated over to make a flight-deck. The aft superstructure was
converted to a hangar for a Wasp HAS1 helicopter. On top of the hangar, a
quad SeaCat SAM launcher was fitted with GWS20 director.
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10 March, 2013.
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