HMS Nubian (F36), a Tribal class destroyer, late in World War II
|Launched:||21 December 1937|
|Displacement:||1,854 tons(planned); 1959 tons (actual)|
|Length:||355 ft 6 in (108.36 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)|
|Draught:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||3 Admiralty 3-Drum Boilers at 300 lb/sq.in, all with 2 shaft Parsons geared turbines developing 44,430 hp (Trials)|
|Speed:||36.2 knots (Trials)|
|Armament:||8 x 4.7 in twin turrets
1 x quadruple 2 pdrs anti-aircraft guns
2 × quadruple 0.5 cal machine guns
1 x quadruple torpedo tubes (21 Mk IX Torpedoes)
2 x Depth charge throwers
1 x Depth charge rail
HMS Nubian (pennant number L36, later F36) was a Tribal-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw much distinguished service in World War II. She won 13 battle honours, a record only exceeded by one other ship, and matched by two others.
Nubian was in home waters for the early part of the Second World War, and saw action with the Home Fleet during the Norwegian campaign in May 1940.
Following this, Nubian joined 14th Destroyer Flotilla at Plymouth, which was led by Capt. P J Mack (temporarily flying his pennant in Janus, whilst has own ship, Jervis, was undergoing repair). Also in 14 DF were Mohawk (another Tribal”), and Juno (another “J”class). 14 DF left Plymouth for Alexandria on 18 May 1940, in company with 4 “K’s” from 5 DF en route for service in the Red Sea; they arrived in Alexandria on 25 May, just two weeks days before hostilities with Italy commenced on 11 June 1940..
During the battle of Crete, on 26 May, Nubian was bombed and had her stern blown off, with the loss of 7 of her crew killed, and another 12 wounded. Despite further attacks, she was able to return to Alexandria under escort, but departed there on 12 June under tow for extensive repairs in Bombay, which were not completed for another 18 months.
Nubian returned to the Mediterranean and 14 DF in November 1942, seeing action with them against the Lupo Convoy on 2 December and off Tripoli in company with Jervis on the 20/21 December.
In 1943 she was involved with supporting the landings in Sicily, and at Salerno, before returning to Britain for re-assignment to the Arctic.
In 1944 Nubian was dispatched to the Far East, seeing action in support of operations in Burma, a varied and wide-ranging career.
Two other ships, Orion and Jervis, also serving in the Mediterranean with Nubian, matched this record; it was exceeded only by the Queen Elizabeth-class battleship Warspite, a Jutland veteran and the Mediterranean Fleet flagship through much of the Second World War.