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Naval Ship Model - Destroyer, HMS Armada Object Reg. No: ST 024423

Model of the Royal Navy Battle class destroyer HMS Armada, named in honour of the English victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588.

The original ship was built by R.& W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co on the Tyne. HMS Armada was launched on 9 December 1943 and commissioned on 2 July 1945. Although HMS Armada was intially assigned to the British Pacific Fleet, based at Sydney, the ship did not see action before the end of the war against Japan in August 1945, arriving after the Japanese surrender. HMS Armada visited Melbourne in early 1946. Shortly afterwards it was transferred to the 19th Destroyer Flotilla and deployed to the Far East, In 1949, HMS Armada was transferred to the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla and deployed to the Mediterranean where the ship served most as the rest of its career. In 1956 it was involved in the British response to the Suez Crisis. Two modified Battle class destroyers were built in Australia after the war as HMA Ships Anzac and Tobruk.

This 1:96 scale model of HMS Armada in blue British Pacific Fleet camouflage was purchased by the Museum in 1958, from Mr John B. Walker, who was a professional ship modelmaker and former employee of the ship construction branch of the Department of the Navy. He built a number of models that were acquired by the Museum.
Note: This model was originally incorrectly identified by the modelmaker as the HMAS Bataan, a Tribal class destroyer built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, during World War II.
Type: Battle Class Destoyer
Tons Burthen: 2,325 tons
Length: 379 ft (116 m)
Beam: 40.25 ft (12.27 m)
Armament: 4 x 4.5 inch guns; 1 x 4 inch gun; 8 x torpedo tubes; anti-aircraft guns & depth charges
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: destroyers, naval vessels, scale models, ship models, csirac001
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: model naval vessels - british
Model Scale: 1:96
Modelmaker: Mr John Walker, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1958

The model was made by John Walker at an unknown date prior to its purchase by the Museum on 13 Aug 1958.
Manufacturer of Item Modelled: R.& W. Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Great Britain, 1943-1945

HMS Armada was built for the Royal Navy by R.& W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co on the Tyne, being launched on 9 Dec 1943 and commissioned on 2 Jul 1945.
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN), 1945
User of Item Modelled: Royal Navy, 1945-1960

HMS Armada was decommissioned in 1960 and scrapped at Inverkeithing in 1965.
References: Image of HMS Armada at Port Melbourne: http://www.awm.gov.au/search/collections/?q=hmas+armada
Hawthorn Leslie and Company on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorn_Leslie_and_Company, viewed 25/02/2010.
HMS Amada on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Armada_(D14), viewed 25/02/2010.


R.E.Scales ex Signalman HMAS Bataan 1948 to 1951. Posted on 20 Feb 2010 1:14 PM
The scale model is incorrect in 2 factors 1..HMAS Bataan had 2 funnels.. 2..Her i/d number was D191 international flag identification VLNC.

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