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HMS Tenby

08/11 2020   by PS

HMS Tenby
Burial at sea.
HMS Tenby
You Only Live Twice, 1967
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HMS Tenby

007 Relations

You Only Live Twice - 1967
Allieds/friends vehicle



The Royal Navy frigate HMS Tenby was used in the burial at sea scene in You Only Live Twice.


HMS Tenby was a Whitby class or Type 12 anti-submarine frigate of the Royal Navy. She was commissioned 18. December 1957. She was armed with 12 21 inch torpedo tubes for the Mark 20E Bidder torpedo.

The Whitby class were a six-ship class of specialist anti-submarine warship designed to counter diesel-electric submarines. Their main role was fast convoy escorts. The class was rapidly outdated, but their design was the basis for frigate designs for the next 20 years. The torpedo tubes was later removed as the Mark 20E torpedo was a failure: It was not fast enough to catch modern submarines. The twin Bofors STAAG was complex, overweight and the electronics were a maintenance nightmare and was replaced by a simple Bofors 40mm Mark 7.

In the last part of her career, she was used for the training of Royal Navy Officer Cadets.

After filming

She was decommissioned in 1972 and sold in 1979 to Thos W Ward for scrapping at Briton Ferry, Wales.


In the film the burial scene is set to appear in Hong Kong, but the actual filming took place near Gibraltar.

The underwater sequence however was filmed in the Bahamas.

Technical Data

  • Manufactor: Cammell Laird and Co Ltd. Birkenhead
  • Type: Whitby-class frigate (anti-submarine frigate)
  • Commissioned 18 December 1957
  • Decommissioned: 1972
  • Machinery: Two sets double reduction gearde steamturbines. Two shafts.
  • Waterline Length (LWL): 109,7 m (360 ft)
  • Length Overall (LOA): 112,8 m (370 ft)
  • Beam: 12,5 m (41 ft)
  • Draught: 5,18 m (17 ft)
  • Speed: 30 kn (56 kmh)
  • Range:370 tons oil fuel, 4.200 nmi (7.780 km) at 12 kn (22 kmh)
  • Guns:
    • 1 Twin 4,5 in (114mm) gun Mark 6
    • 1 Twin 40mm Bofors gun Mark 2 STAAG
  • Anti-submarine:
    • 12 x 21 in torpedo tubes
    • Two Limbo three-barrelled depth charge mortars Mark 10
  • Crew:
    Normal: 7 Officers, 145 Ratings
    Squadron Leader: 9 Officers, 180 Ratings
  • Pennant number: F65


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