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Name: BETWA
Type: Frigate
Keel: 29/05/1957
Launched: 15/09/1959
Completed: 08/12/1960
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 163
Dimensions: 2251disp - 2515disp, 320.0 x 40.0 x 16.0(draft)ft
Engines: 8 x Oil engines, ASR1 type, 12380bhp
Engines by:
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 25.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 2 x 2 x 4.5ins, 1 x 2 x 40mm, 1 x 1 x 40mm guns;
History: 1 x Squid AS mortar
08/12/1960 Government of India
1988 Broken up
Comments: A Type 41 Air Defence Frigate
Allocated Pennant F139 and later F39
1981: Aft twin gun mount removed & replaced by extra deckhouse
1981: Re-allocated as a Cadet Training Ship


Above: BETWA outfitting at Walker. Photo copyright of Ron Mapplebeck

Above: BETWA in original configuration

Above: from the top, BEAS, BRAHMAPUTRA and BETWA. After modification

Above: BETWA after modification. Photo copyright Dave Swindell