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HMS Chequers was a C-class destroyer, of the "Ch" subclass, of the Royal Navy that was in service from December 1945, and which was scrapped in 1966.

HMS Chequers 1945 IWM FL 7976
HMS Chequers on completion, 15 September 1945.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Chequers
Ordered: 24 July 1942
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, (Greenock, Scotland)
Laid down: 4 May 1943
Launched: 30 October 1944
Commissioned: 28 September 1945
Identification: Pennant number: R61 later changed to D61
Fate: Sold to John Cashmore Ltd on 23 July 1966
General characteristics
Class and type: C-class destroyer
Displacement: 1710 tons[1]
Length: 362.75 ft (110.57 m)[1]
Beam: 35.66 ft (10.87 m)[1]
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m) (mean), 16 ft (4.9 m) (max.)[1]
Installed power: 40,000 hp (30,000 kW)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines, 2 shafts; 2 Admiralty 3-drum type boilers[1]
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Complement: 186



The Royal Navy ordered Chequers on 24 July 1942, one of eight C-class "Intermediate" destroyers of the 1942 Programme. She was built by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland and commissioned in December 1945, too late for service during the Second World War.[2]


Chequers was assigned to, and became leader of, the 1st Destroyer Squadron based at Malta between 1948 and 1954. She saw service, along with other Royal Navy ships, in preventing illegal immigration into Palestine in 1947.[3] She was given an interim modernisation in 1954, which saw her 'X' turret at the rear of the ship replaced by two Squid anti-submarine mortars.[4]

Decommissioning and disposalEdit

Chequers was decommissioned and placed in Operational reserve in 1954. She was placed on the disposal list in 1964.[5] She was sold to John Cashmore Ltd for scrapping and arrived at their yard in Newport, Wales on 23 July 1966.

Commanding officersEdit

From To Captain[6]
1945 1947 Capt John Henry Ruck-Keene DSC OBE RN[2]
1948 1950 Captain John E H McBeath RN
1950 1951 Captain Michael S Townsend RN
1951 1953 Captain Charles E Keys RN
1953 1954 Captain Ralph C M Duckworth RN
1954 1955 Captain Hugh S Mackenzie RN


  1. ^ a b c d e Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II 1946/7", Jane's Publishing Company, London, UK, 1946, reprinted by Crescent Books, Avenel, New Jersey, USA, 1995, ISBN 0-517-67963-9, page 52.
  2. ^ a b "HMS Chequers (R61)". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ Stewart, Ninian (2002). The Royal Navy and the Palestine Patrol. Routledge. ISBN 0-71465-210-5.
  4. ^ Marriott, Leo (1989). Royal Navy Destroyers Since 1945. Ian Allan Ltd. p. 64.
  5. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 98. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2.
  6. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie