BATTLE-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered with ships of the 1st and 2nd
Flotillas in 1942 from Cammell Laird at Birkenhead. The ship was laid down on
24th November 1943 as Yard No 1124 and was launched on 28th February 1945 as
the 1st RN ship to carry this name. Build completion date was on 30th September
The name commemorates the victory by
Edward III over French fleet in 1340.
B a t t l e H o n o
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H e r a l d i c D a
Badge: On a field Field barry wavy of six White and Blue.
within a wreath of laurel gold a torteau charged with a
leopard’s face crowned with a crown of Fleur
(Note: This is derived from the arms of
M o t
medium illorum ibat: 'Through the midst of them he
went his way'.
S u m m a r y
o f S e r v i c e
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1 9 4 6
September Commissioned for trials.
30th Accepted into service with 5th
Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
October Worked up for Home
November Deployed with Flotilla
Flotilla comprised sister BATTLE Class destroyers HMS
December SOLEBAY, HMS CADIZ, HMS GABBARD, HMS ST JAMES and
HMS ST KITTS.
1 9 4 7 t o
1 9 5 2
Fleet duties with Flotilla in continuation.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to D60 (1948)
1 9 5 2
Home Fleet service with Flotilla nominated for reduction to Reserve.
1 9 5 3
Paid off and
destored. Reduced to Reserve status.
1 9 5 4 t o
1 9 6 6
Disposal List and sale to Iran approved.
To be renamed Iranian Ship ARTEMIZ
F i n a
l P h a s e
HMS SLUYS was handed over to the Royal Iranian Navy at
Southampton where the ship was completely modernised and underwent a refit
lasting until 1971. She was still in service during the 1980's.