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HMS Ambuscade (F172).jpg
HMS Ambuscade's sister ship Amazon in 1986
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Ambuscade (F172)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Yard number: 1008
Laid down: 1 September 1971
Launched: 18 January 1973
Commissioned: 5 September 1975
Decommissioned: 28 July 1993
Motto: Tempori insidior
("I bide my time")
Fate: Sold to Pakistan on 28 July 1993
Career (Pakistan) Pakistan Naval Jack
Name: PNS Tariq
Operator: Pakistan Navy
Acquired: 28 July 1993
Status: in active service, as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 21 frigate
Displacement: 3,250 tons full load
Length: 384 ft (117 m)
Beam: 41 ft 9 in (12.73 m)
Draught: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)

2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines

2 × Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1A gas turbines for cruising
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 17 knots (7,400 km at 31 km/h)
1,200 nautical miles at 30 knots (2,220 km at 56 km/h)
Complement: 177
Armament: RN:
1 × 4.5 inch (114 mm) Mark 8 naval gun
2 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
4 × MM38 Exocet missiles
1 × quadruple Sea Cat SAMs
2 × triple ASW torpedo tubes
2 × Corvus chaff launchers
1 × Type 182 towed decoy
1 × 4.5 inch (114 mm) Mark 8 naval gun
2 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
1 × quadruple Harpoon missile launcher
1 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × triple ASW torpedo tubes
2 × Mark 36 SRBOC chaff launchers
1 × Type 182 towed decoy
Aircraft carried: 1 × Westland Wasp helicopter, later refitted for 1 × Lynx

HMS Ambuscade (F172) is a Type 21 frigate formerly of the Royal Navy. She was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland.


As HMS Ambuscade

Ambuscade took part in the Falklands War and by the mid-1980s was suffering from cracking in her hull. She was taken in for refitting, with a steel plate being welded down each side of the ship. At the same time modifications were made to reduce hull noise. Exocet launchers were also added in 'B' position and 3" launchers relocated to 02 deck midships.

In 1983 Ambuscade collided with USS Dale in the Indian Ocean, resulting in part of her bows being torn away.[1] Ambuscade was laid up in Bombay for 6 weeks while a new bow was constructed and fitted.[2]

As PNS Tariq

Ambuscade was decommissioned and sold to Pakistan on 28 July 1993, being renamed PNS Tariq.[1] Exocet was not transferred to Pakistan and Tariq had her obsolete Sea Cat launcher removed. A quadruple Harpoon missile launcher was fitted in place of the Exocet launchers and a Phalanx CIWS was fitted in place of the Sea Cat launcher. SRBOC chaff launchers and 20 mm and 30 mm guns were fitted.

Tariq remains in service with the Pakistan Navy. Captain Fajar Rasool Lodhi TI(M) is the current commanding officer of the ship.


  1. ^ a b "HMS Ambuscade". Clydebuilt. Retrieved 8 November 2009.  
  2. ^ "Collision USS Dale". HMS Ambuscade Association. Retrieved 8 November 2009.  

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