HMS Broadsword (F88)

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HMS Broadsword (F88)
Broadsword class
The HMS Broadsword in Tampa Bay in 1994
The HMS Broadsword in Tampa Bay in 1994
Type frigate

Yarrow Shipbuilders

Keel laying 7th February 1973
Launch May 12, 1976
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning 4th May 1979
Decommissioning March 31, 1995
home port Devonport
Whereabouts sold to Brazil on June 30, 1995
2. Period of service flag
Commissioning August 30, 1996
Whereabouts active
Technical specifications
back in service as Greenhalgh (F-46)

4400 t


131.2 m


14.8 m


6 to 6.1 m (around 20 feet )




COGOG with

  • 30 knots (56 km / h top speed)
  • 18 knots (33 km / h cruising speed)

4500 nautical miles at 18 knots

Radar systems
Sonar systems :
Passive protection systems

2 "Plessey shield" flare launchers


The HMS Broadsword (F88) was a British frigate of the type 22 .

The broadsword

The Broadsword entered service in 1979 and was the lead ship and the namesake of the Broadsword class . The GWS 25 Sea Wolf air defense system was installed as a standard for the first time on the Broadsword-class frigates .

In 1982 she took part in the Falklands War. On the night of 14./15. May she supported the attack on Pebble Island together with HMS Glamorgan . On May 25, she accompanied the destroyer HMS Coventry when it was sunk. Due to a malfunction in her Sea Wolf system, she could not shoot down the approaching Argentine Douglas A-4 , which led to the loss of the Coventry. The Broadsword was hit by a bomb that same day, which burned the hangar and destroyed its helicopter . The crew of the ship managed to save 170 crew members from the Coventry .

In 1995 she was decommissioned and sold to the Brazilian Navy on June 30th . There it bears the name F-46 Greenhalgh .

Nuclear weapons in the Falklands War

In June 2005, the British government officially confirmed that the frigates HMS Broadsword and HMS Brilliant had tactical MC (600) nuclear weapons on board at the beginning of the war, which were developed for use primarily against Soviet submarines armed with nuclear ICBMs in the Atlantic were. These are not "atomic bombs" in the general sense, as the press sometimes portrayed, but a type of " depth bomb ", or rather, self-targeting anti-submarine torpedoes with a long range and a large effective radius, specifically were directed against the deep-diving large Soviet underwater ships.

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Individual evidence

  1. and not, as the press occasionally reads, free-fall bombs of the type WE.177 that can be dropped by aircraft
  2. ^ Freedman: The Official History of the Falklands Campaign. Vol. II, 2007, pp. 59-64