BAP Palacios (DM-73)

Peruvian destroyers Palacios (foreground) and Villar, formerly HMS Diana and USS Benham, during exercises with the US Navy in 1973. US Navy photo.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1947
Launched
1952
Commissioned
1954
Decommissioned
1993
AD/BC
AD
History

Completed in 1954, the Daring-class destroyer HMS Diana (D126) saw action during the 1956 Suez Crisis. On 31 October, she was involved in the last sinking of a warship purely by gunfire to date, when she and the cruiser Newfoundland sank the Egyptian frigate Domiat. That same year, she was ordered to steam through the fallout zones from two nuclear tests to test the effects on the ship and crew. She served in the Royal Navy until 1969, when she was sold to Peru. Renamed BAP Palacios (DM-73), she was substantially rebuilt, replacing the foremast, and installing new radar, along with Exocet missiles, new guns, and a helicopter pad. Palacios remained active until she was decommissioned in 1993.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Diana was going to be named Druid, but her name was changed during construction.