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HMS Boxer (F92)

Boxer in January 1999
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Boxer
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 1 November 1979
Launched: 17 June 1981
Commissioned: 22 December 1983
Decommissioned: 4 August 1999
Identification: Pennant number: F92
  • Praemonitus Praemunitis
  • (Latin: "Forewarned is Forearmed")
Fate: Sunk as a target vessel
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 22 frigate
Displacement: 4,800 tons
Length: 146.5 m (481 ft)
Beam: 4.8 m (16 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
  • 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph) cruise
  • 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph) full
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Complement: 273
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters

HMS Boxer was the first of the Batch 2 Type 22 frigates of the Royal Navy. She was decommissioned on 4 August 1999 and expended as a target in August 2004.


  • Service 1
  • Commanding officers 2
  • References 3
  • Publications 4


Her nickname was The Billy B or Pinocchio, due to her extended bows. She was one of only two Batch 2s (the other being Beaver) fitted with the lower-height hangar of the Batch 1s, so she could only accommodate Lynx helicopters. On coming out of refit in 1990, with a clean bottom she achieved close to 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph).

During 1996 and 1997 she was leader of the 1st Frigate Squadron.

Commanding officers

From To Captain[1]
1988 1990
1990 1992 Commander T J H Lawrence RN
1991 1993 Commander Richard Ibbotson RN
1993 1994 Commander Eric Fraser RN (later Cdre Fraser CBE)
1996 1997 Captain David A Lewis RN
1999 2001


  1. ^ Mackie, Colin. "II: Royal Navy- Captains Commanding Warships". British Armed Forces (1900–). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 


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