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With the departure from Chile in December 2010 of the last County Class Destroyer to a scrapyard in China I felt that it would be fitting to commemorate this wonderful class of warships by dedicating a website to them. The casual reader may wonder how one can become so attached and sentimental to what is essentially a lump of metal. To those that served on these ships, and indeed any ship they were home where you lived and worked, eat and slept for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so they were always more than just a lump of metal. Some ships you loved, and some you would never wish to set foot on again. I served in the Royal Navy from 1975 until 1989 and during that time I served on several warships but the best ships I served on during my time in the Royal Navy were three County Class Destroyers. To me they were the very essence of how a warship should look. They looked the part with their handsome and rakish hulls and the general design of these ships was very pleasing to the eye. I often heard comments at the time that they were the best looking ships ever to have served in the Royal Navy although I would suspect that many have other favourites. The comments that the 'Counties' were good looking ships is still echoed to this day, especially when compared with the current Type 45 destroyers. (My apologies to any current day sailor serving on one - no offence intended). Each of the DLG's, as the Counties were also known, have different memories for me, but of the three HMS Glamorgan stands out as being by far my favourite ship for a whole host of reasons, including her involvement in the Falklands War in 1982 not long after I joined her. This was a very major event in itself but other events also stand out for me and despite this very sad period in Glamorgan's service there are also other much happier events that make for a very special time combined with the memories of a fantastic ships company, some of whom I am still in touch with today.

HMS DEVONSHIRE AND HMS ANTRIM

HMS FIFE 1977

All eight ships of the County Class will feature on this website and the history of each ship will be included as far as is possible together with extensive photo albums for each ship although some ships appeared to be more camera shy, particularly the ships that paid off earlier. Four of the class survived into the 21st century in the Chilean Navy and their lives after service in the Royal Navy are also be included on this website. Wether you served on these ships or have an interest in them I hope you will enjoy what you find in here. To navigate your way around this website please click on the ensigns above the page title.

If you would like to comment on my website then please use the contact form or email me. I am always looking for more information on each of the ships of this class, so if you have any pictures or information I can use then please contact me.

HMS FIFE 1987

CHILEAN NAVY

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MY CONNECTION WITH THE COUNTY CLASS

I joined the Royal Navy in 1975 and served until 1989 leaving the service as an LRO(T). Between 1979 and 1987 I served on three County Class Destroyers as follows:

1979 - 1981

HMS NORFOLK

1982 - 1984

HMS GLAMORGAN

1986 - 1987

HMS FIFE

(FINAL COMMISSION)

MARK GENTRY ON HMS GLAMORGAN SIGNALDECK IN 1984

 

 

HMS GLAMORGAN

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

PORTSMOUTH

JULY 1982

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