HMS Southdown (L25)

HMS Southdown was a Type I Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy which served in World War II. She was scrapped in 1956.

HMS South Down FL19190
HMS Southdown at a buoy, c1941 (IWM)
United Kingdom
NameHMS Southdown
Ordered11 April 1939
BuilderJ. Samuel White, Isle of Wight
Laid down22 August 1939
Launched5 July 1940
Completed8 November 1940
Identificationpennant number:L25
Honours and
  • North Sea 1941–45
  • Normandy 1944
FateScrapped, 1956
BadgeOn a Field Red, in front of two bugle horns in Saltire Gold, a horseshoe inverted white
General characteristics
Class and typeType I Hunt-class destroyer
  • 1,050 long tons (1,070 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,450 t) full load
Length85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a
Beam9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draught2.51 m (8 ft 3 in)
  • 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
  • 25.5 kn (29.3 mph; 47.2 km/h) full
Range3,600 nmi (6,700 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)

Service historyEdit

Southdown was ordered on 11 April 1939 under the 1939 War Emergency Build Programme as job number J6602.[1] She was completed in November 1940. She was adopted by the town of Woking in Surrey as part of Warship Week in 1942.

She earned battle honours during the Second World War for the North Sea 1941–1945, where she spent the majority of her service. In June 1944 she formed part of the Naval escort force in support of the Normandy Landings.

Following the war she was converted for use as an air target ship at Rosyth in September 1945. She then transferred to the Reserve Fleet at Portsmouth in April 1946. She remained there until sold to Thos W Ward for scrap. She arrived at the breakers yard at Barrow on 1 November 1956.[2]


  1. ^ Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004). Gordon Smith (ed.). "HMS Southdown (L 25) – Type I, Hunt-class Escort Destroyer". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  2. ^ Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2.