HMS Hermione (F58)

HMS Hermione (F58) was a Leander-class frigate. She was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons, and completed by Yarrow Shipbuilders. She was launched on 26 April 1967 and commissioned on 11 July 1969.

In 1970, HMS Hermione deployed to the Far East and Pacific. In 1977, as leader of the 5th Frigate Squadron, she took part in the Fleet Review of the Royal Navy, in celebration of HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. In January 1980, HMS Hermione began her modernisation programme, including the addition of the Sea Wolf missile and the Exocet anti-ship missile. This forced the removal of her twin 4.5 in guns.

Modernisation was completed in 1983 at Chatham Naval Dockyard, and HMS Hermione was the last ship to leave when the dockyard closed. Upon the completion of her modernisation, she joined the 6th Frigate Squadron. She saw much service in the Middle East, being involved in the so-called ‘Tanker War’ during the Iran–Iraq War. In 1991, HMS Hermione returned to the Middle East on an Armilla Patrol deployment, but just the following year she was decommissioned.

In 1997 she was sold to India for scrap.