Pakistan Navy Warships Part 3C: Leander Frigates

v.1.0 March 8, 2006

 

Usama Ahmed Malik & Ravi Rikhye

 

Zulfiqar F262

 (ex HMS Apollo F70; commissioned May 28, 1972)

 

PHOTO CREDIT http://www.pakdef.info/pakmilitary/navy/index.html

 

Commissioned in the Pakistan Navy on October 14, 1988, the frigate was relatively new, having served in the Royal Navy for only 16 years. She belongs to the Batch 3B Broad Beam Leander class. Armament was not changed except for the substitution of the original Wasp helicopter by the Alouette 3, a standard PN helicopter.

 

Nonetheless, the Leander class in general saw hard service in the Royal Navy, and mechanical problems had begun affecting the class in the late 1980s. In Pakistan Navy service, however, the ship has been  operated lightly. Moreover, the North Arabian Sea is a more benign environment than the Atlantic.

 

After working up in UK waters, the frigate sailed for Pakistan in December 1988.

 

In 1991-93 she was extensively refitted.

 

Zulfiqar is now a training ship.

 

 

 

PAKISTAN NAVY

 

Shamsher F263

 (ex HMS Diomede F16; commissioned April 2, 1971)

 

PHOTO CREDIT http://www.pakdef.info/pakmilitary/navy/index.html

 

Commissioned in the Pakistan Navy on July 15, 1988, the frigate was relatively new, having served in the Royal Navy for only 16 years. She belongs to the Batch 3A Broad Beam Leander class. Armament was not changed except for the substitution of the original Wasp helicopter by the Alouette 3, a standard PN helicopter.

 

After working up in UK waters, the frigate sailed for Pakistan in August 1988.

 

In 1991-93 she was extensively refitted.

 

No. 333 Squadron (PNS Mehran, Karachi) flies the Alouette 3s in the Pakistan Navy.

 

Now decommissioned and used as spares for Zulfiqar.

 

 

This is HMS Diomede at Campbeltown in South Africa. The photograph, from http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/broad_beam.htm#HMS%20Diomede, gives the date as December 1988, which must be a misprint: earlier that year the frigate had recommissioned as PNS Shamsher.

 

Description Batch 3

Displacement: 3000 tons full load 

Length: 372 ft (113 m)

Beam:  43 ft (13.1 m) Batch 3

Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)

Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 steam turbines, 2 boilers, 25,000 shp[1] (19 MW)

Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)

Range: 4500 nautical miles (8,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h) Complement: 257

Armament
2 x 4.5" guns in twin turret
2x single 20mm Oerlikons
1 x quadruple Seacat launcher
1 x Mk AS mortar
1 x Alouette 3

 



[1] Some sources give 30,000 shp.; GE turbines and Babcock & Wilson boilers.