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Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Whirlwind (R87)
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie
Launched: 30 August 1943
Reclassified: Antisubmarine frigate (F187) 1953
Fate: Foundered while in use as target 29 October 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: W-class destroyer
Type 15 frigate (from 1953)
Displacement: 1,710 tons
Length: 339 ft 6 in (103.48 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Armament: Originally:
4 x 4.7-inch (114-millimeter) guns
5 x 40-millimeter guns
8 x torpedo tubes

The second HMS Whirlwind (R87) was an W-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service during World War II and the Cold War.

Whirlwind was built by Hawthorn Leslie and was launched on 30 August 1943.[1] In 1953 she was converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F187.

Whirlwind foundered in Cardigan Bay on 29 October 1974 while in use as a target.[2]


  1. ^ Colledge, p. 379.
  2. ^ Colledge, p. 379.


  • Colledge, J. J. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy From the Fifteenth Century to the Present. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987. ISBN 0-87021-652-X.


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