HMS Roberts (F40)
HMS Roberts (F40) was one of the last ships designated as a Monitor-type. Designed for close gunfire support missions, Roberts had a shallow draft of 3.4m (11'), but a beam of 27.36m (89'9"). This compromise allowed her to get close to shore, while still maintaining stability. Roberts provided gunfire support for the landings in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, and on Walcheren Island. She was sent to the Indian Ocean in 1945, in anticipation of supporting the liberation of Singapore, but Japan surrendered before her 12.5 knot top speed could reach the area. Roberts was sold for scrap post-war, but the Navy changed their minds and Roberts was used as an accomodation ship at Devonport. In 1965, she was again sold for scrap, and broken up that August.