HMS Relentless (H85)

Relentless as completed in December, 1942. Note all four Mk.IX 4.7" gun mounts are trained towards the viewer. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1941
Launched
1942
Commissioned
1942
Decommissioned
1965
AD/BC
AD
History

The R-class destroyer HMS Relentless (H85) was commissioned on 30 November, 1942. She served on anti-submarine patrols in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans during World War II, and was placed in reserve in 1946. In 1949, work was begun to convert Relentless to a Type 15 Anti-Submarine frigate. Work completed in 1951, and she recommissioned with pennant number F 185. Relentless participated in Queen Elizabeth's coronation fleet review, and she suffered a serious collision with HMS Vigilant in 1954. After repairs, she briefly resumed service, before returning to reserve in 1956. Relentless recommissioned from June, 1964, to August, 1965, to replace HMS Diana in the 29th Escort Squadron. She was placed on the disposal list that August, but was not sold for scrap until 1971.

Bonus Photos

Relentless between 1951 and 1956, after her Type 15 Frigate conversion. Note the shorter funnel and bridge. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.