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HMAS Duchess V (D154) Destroyer 80cm

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The Royal Navy (RN) loaned the Daring-class destroyer, HMS Duchess (V), to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) following the tragic loss of the RAN’s own Daring-class destroyer, HMAS Voyager (II), which collided with the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne (II), on the fateful night of February 10, 1964. As part of the RAN, Duchess served in a variety of roles, including escorting troop convoys to Vietnam, participating in search and rescue operations, and conducting anti-submarine warfare exercises. The ship was decommissioned in 1980 and paid off on 31 March 1981.

Meticulously crafted with an unwavering dedication to authenticity, this handcrafted model of the HMS Duchess (V) stands as a testament to the ship’s enduring legacy. Every intricate detail has been painstakingly recreated, capturing the essence of this remarkable vessel. Whether you are a naval enthusiast, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this handcrafted model of HMS Duchess (V) is sure to become a treasured possession.

Key Feature of the HMS Duchess (V) Destroyer model:

  • Highly impressive ship replica of the HMS Duchess (V) Destroyer, made using high quality wood
  • Overall dimensions 80cm x 12cm x 25cm, scale 1:148, fully assembled and ready to display on arrival
  • Designed and hand-crafted from scratch with real-life markings and equipment.
  • Frame built and constructed by hand, pained by hand, for the utmost realism.
  • Painting designed to help match up with the imagery and color scheme of the real HMS Duchess (V) Destroyer.
  • Model comes with a brass nameplate on the base, and a history sheet included.

The history of the HMS Duchess (V) Destroyer

The Royal Navy (RN) loaned the Daring-class destroyer, HMS Duchess (V), to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) following the tragic loss of the RAN’s own Daring-class destroyer, HMAS Voyager (II), which collided with the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne (II), on the fateful night of February 10, 1964.

The Duchess’ most notable chapter unfolded during the Vietnam War, where it served as a cornerstone of the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Ship Squadron. Its ability to traverse the shallow waterways of the Mekong Delta made it an invaluable asset in transporting troops, equipment, and supplies to Australian and allied forces operating in the region. The ship’s unwavering service during this tumultuous period solidified its reputation as a dependable and versatile vessel.

Embarking on her final training cruise on 15 August 1977, HMAS Duchess carried 30 trainees on a journey northwards to Brisbane, Mackay, and Townsville. Subsequently, the vessel set sail towards Fijian waters, making a stopover in Suva before returning to Sydney on September 23, 1977. Relinquishing her training responsibilities, Duchess passed the baton to her successor, the former MV Australian Trader, now commissioned as HMAS Jervis Bay on August 25. On October 23, 1977, marking the 25th anniversary of her original Royal Navy commissioning, HMAS Duchess was decommissioned.

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