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HMS Speedy (P296)

Career (UK)
Name: HMS Speedy (P296)
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 29 June 1978[1]
Builder: Boeing, Seattle[2]
Shipped to the UK and fitted out by Vosper Thorneycroft.[2]
Laid down: 1978[2]
Launched: 9 July 1979
Sponsored by: Mrs Margaret Jay, at the time wife of Peter Jay, UK Ambassador to the United States
Completed: 1980+[2]
Commissioned: 1980
Out of service: For disposal in December 1982[2]
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire
Fate: Sold into mercantile service in 1986.
Notes: Pennant number: P296
General characteristics
Displacement: 117 long tons (119 t)[2]
Length: Hull-borne: 90 feet (27 m)[2]
Foils retracted: 101 feet (31 m)[2]
Foil-borne: 90 feet (27 m)[2]
Beam: Hull-borne: 30 feet (9.1 m)[2]
Foils retracted: 30 feet (9.1 m)[2]
Foil-borne: 30 feet (9.1 m)[2]
Draught: Hull-borne: 17 feet (5.2 m)[2]
Foils retracted: 7 feet (2.1 m)[2]
Foil-borne: 8 feet (2.4 m)[2]
Propulsion: Hull-borne: 2 x Detroit GM diesel engines, producing 1,100 brake horsepower (820 kW)[2]
Foil-borne: 2 x Allison gas turbines, producing 7,560 horsepower (5,640 kW)[2]
Speed: Hull-borne: 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph)-15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)[2]
Foil-borne: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)[2]
Range: Hull-borne: 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi)[2]
Foil-borne: 560 nautical miles (1,040 km; 640 mi)[2]
Endurance: 23 long tons (23 t) of fuel
Complement: 18[2]
Armament: Designed for 2 x 7.62mm GPMGs on single mountings. Never fitted.[2]
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Speedy.

HMS Speedy (P296) was a Boeing Jetfoil mine countermeasure vessel of the British Royal Navy, based on the civilian Boeing 929 design. She was procured in 1979, as the first of a planned class of twelve, to provide the Royal Navy with practical experience in the operation of a hydrofoil, to ascertain technical and performance characteristics, and to oversee the capability of such a craft in the Fishery Protection Squadron and North Sea Squadron.[3][2] She was assigned to these squadrons in September 1981.[2] In 1982, she was used in minesweeping and minelaying trials at Portsmouth, but these were unsuccessful and she was sold into mercantile service in 1986.[4][2]

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  • HMS "Speedy" (Hansard, 31 March 1982)
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