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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY N P Q R SHIPS

4)NIZAM (DESTROYER)



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Completed: 1941


Displacement: 1,760 tons (standard), 2,550 tons (full load)


Length: 356 ft 6 in


Beam: 35 ft 8 in


Draught: 16 ft 4 in


Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines, 40,000 hp


Armament: 6 x 4.7-inch guns,1 x 2-pounder 4 barrel Pom Pom, 1 x 40 mm Bofors, 3 x 20 mm Oerlikons, 2 x .5-inch machine guns, 2 x .303 Lewis machine guns, 10 x 21-inch torpedo tubes (2 pentad mounts), Depth charges


Speed: 36


Complement: 226


Nizam was laid down by John Brown and Company, Limited, at Clydebank in Scotland on 27 July 1939, launched on 4 July 1940 and commissioned on 8 January 1941. She was named after the Sir Osman Ali Khan, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad an Indian Prince who helped pay for her. She was manned by Australians and commissioned in the RAN but remained the property of the British Government.


HMAS NIZAM served in all fronts during the war. In 08/10/42 while returning from her station in Indian Ocean for Simonstown for refit,  she rescued 64 survivors (all hands) from the Dutch merchant Gaasterkerk sailing in ballast. HMS Foxhound also took part in the operation. Gaasterkerk  had been  sunk by U-68 that same day in pos. 34º 20’S 18º 10’E


 

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