JUPITER, the Roman name given to the Chief of the Olympian Gods, was worshipped as the God of rain, thunder and lightening. This is shown on the Ship’s Crest, which depicts the large white cloud on a black background showing five golden thunderbolts.


HMS Jupiter F60

Leander Class Frigate
Builder: Yarrow & Co. Scotstoun, Glasgow
Laid down 3.10.1966.
Launched 4.9.1967
Commissioned 9.8.1969
Paid Off 1992 Sold to Samsung (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Jan 1998 – Towed by Joseph Brown –(ex RMAS Rollicker) to India (with HMS Hermoine) for breaking up.
Arrived Bombay 3rd May 1998
Replaced Phoebe as the warship HMS Hero in the television series ‘Warship’ and adopted Phoebe’s pennant number for continuity.
1970 - Trinidad troubles
1971 - Nato Standing Naval Force, Atlantic, at Norfolk Virginia, USA
1972 - Completion of Refit
1972 - St. Lucia troubles
1972 - 1973 – Captain was ‘Jock’ Slater (Admiral Sir Jock Slater GCB LVO ADC)
1973 –1974 Far East. HRH the Prince of Wales served on board
1975 – 13th May – Adopted/twinned with Middlesbrough
1976 – 1979 Captain F 7th Frigate Squadron
1977 – Fleet Review Spithead
1977 –1979 – Captain was Geoffrey Dalton (Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Dalton KCB)
1979 – Sept- Nov - Belize Patrol
1979 – Long Refit (Plymouth)
1983 – Completed Long Refit (Interrupted by Falklands War)
1984 –1985 – Captain was Commander Colin Hamilton
1984 - June 13th – Jupiter ‘bumped’ into London Bridge
1985 – 1986 – Captain was Commander Bridges
1985-1986 – Armilla Patrol (Persian Gulf)
1986 - South Yemen evacuation of British Nationals with Royal Yacht Britannia
1991 – January 24th UFO shot down by American & British Warships (Jupiter & Battleaxe) in Persian Gulf. (Reported on www.totse.com)
1991 (Oct)-1992 (Feb) – South Atlantic
1992 (26 March) arrived back in UK
1992 – 24-28 April – Last visit to Middlesbrough our Adopted town
1992 (30 June) decommissioned and placed on disposal List


Comprised of:-




Moored together from 1951 - 1958



HMS Jupiter F85

Built by: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. Scotstoun,
Laid Down: 20 Sept 1937
Launched: 27 Oct 1938
Commissioned: 16 June 1939
Sunk: 27th February 1942
Armament: Six 4.7 inch, 45 calibre QF MKX11 in pairs, plus four 2 pdr pompom, and ten 21 inch Torpedo Tubes in two sets of five.
Displacement: 1690 tons as designed but actually 2330-2380 tons during WW11, and later at deep load 2550 tons
Speed: 36 knots
Complement: 183-218
Battle Honours: Mediterranean 1941 and Malaya 1942

History: http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-37J-Jupiter.htm

1939 – North Sea

1940 April 19th – Norway
1940 Oct 11th – bombardment of Cherbourg (Operation Medium)
Oct 17th – Skirmish off Scillies Isles
1940 Nov 24th – First raid off Plymouth
1940 Nov 17th – Second raid off Plymouth
1941 Feb 6th – Bombardment of Genoa
1941 May 23rd – Hunt the Bismarck
1941 Nov 28th – Sea reinforcement for Singapore
1942 Jan 2nd – Convoy BM 9A- Singapore/Malaysia
1942 Jan 10th – Convoy DM1
1942 Jan 17th – Sank I-60 Japanese Sub. Japanese conquest of the Dutch East Indies.


16 January 1942:
Early in the morning, I-60 arrives at her patrol area and transmits a situation report that night. This is the last message received from her.

17 January 1942:
Java Sea, 25 miles NNW of Krakatoa Island. LtCdr Norman V. J. T. Thew's destroyer HMS JUPITER is escorting the former passenger-liner SS WASHINGTON, now the troop transport USS MOUNT VERNON (AP-22), en route to Aden after debarking British and Canadian troops troops at Singapore. Detached from escorting MOUNT VERNON, HMS JUPITER races to respond to a distress message from a nearby merchant. After a two-hour ASDIC hunt, JUPITER detects an underwater contact and delivers two devastating depth-charge attacks. The heavily damaged I-60 surfaces astern of JUPITER – too close for her to use her main armament. I-60 is damaged and unable to dive, but Hasegawa attempts to fight the destroyer with his 4.7-inch deck gun. JUPITER alters course and opens fire with her starboard Oerlikon AA gun. As I-60's sailors emerge from the conning tower to man the deck gun, the Japanese are raked by JUPITER's 20-mm Oerlikon fire. As they fall, other gunners run to take their place. I-60 manages to get off seven to eight shells a minute, even though the Oerlikons keep picking off the gun crew. One of I-60's 4.7-inch rounds puts JUPITER's open-backed twin-gun mount "A" out of action, killing three men and wounding nine. JUPITER then fires two torpedoes at the submarine, but these also miss. JUPITER's remaining four 4.7-in guns score two or three hits on I-60; her deck gun is no longer manned, but she returns fire from a 7.7-mm machine gun. Smoke pours from the listing submarine. JUPITER closes on I-60 at full speed, silencing her machine gun with 20-mm fire. Another 4.7-inch shell hits I-60 between the stern and conning tower. An internal explosion occurs, after which smoke and flames emerge from the conning tower, which now seems to be on fire.

JUPITER passes 15 feet abeam of I-60 and drops a shallow-set depth charge. Its explosion blows a sailor out of the conning tower and a sheet of flame rises to 15-20 feet from it. I-60 sinks by the stern in 500 fathoms of water at 06-19-30S, 104-49-20E. Only three of I-60's crewmen are picked up and taken prisoner, one of whom later dies. 84 submariners are lost. [2] 10 March 1942:
Removed from the SubDiv 28 list. Captain Kato is promoted Rear Admiral, posthumously and LtCdr Hasegawa is promoted Commander, posthumously.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Different sources suggest different dates for I-60's completion. 24 December 1929 appears in the authoritative "Showa Zosenshi" shipbuilding history, while other sources suggest 20 December. [2] The contemporary British record of the sinking of I-60 states that "The enemy submarine was fought with great determination, her gun's crews being continually reinforced from inside the submarine until put out of action." From the interrogation of one of the two survivors the British naval intelligence concluded that I-60 had departed Kobe on 2 January 1942. Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan and Mr. Jean-Francois Masson of Canada. Special thanks also go to Mr. Klemen Lu┼żar of the Netherlands, webmaster of the superb "Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941-1942" website, for providing additional details about the sinking of I-60. Photo credit goes to diver/photo journalist Kevin Denlay of Australia. -Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp

1942 Feb 2nd – Convoy DM2 – Singapore/Malaysia
1942 Feb 16th/17th – assisted in the evacuation of Oosthaven, Sumatra
1942 Feb 27th (2116hrs) – Hit by a mine and sank four hours later. Battle of Java Sea – Captain Lt. Commander N Thew



HMS Jupiter

Majestic Class Battleship
Built by: J Brown, Clydebank
Laid Down: 1894
Launched: 1895
Commissioned: 1897
Battle Honour: 1915-16 BELGIUM COAST
Sold for Scrap: 1919
Armament; four 12 inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, twelve 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims, 2 x 2 pdr boat guns and five torpedo tubes.
Displacement: 14,900 tons
Speed: 16.5-17.5 knots
Engines: Water Tube Boilers – 2 x vertical triple expansion
Power output: 12000ihp
Shafts: 2
Fuel: 2000 tons coal
Complement: 670-757

Brief History:

Pendant Number:

D.50 (1914)
P.50 (Sep 1915)
N.64 (1918)

Jupiter commissioned at Chatham on 8 June, 1897, Captain Angus MacLeod in command.

In mid-July, 1914, the ship was ordered to take up station in the Humber as part of a force of four Majestic Class Battleships and two Cressy Class Cruisers being sent there to be demobilised on the 25th. Her crew was to be transferred to Canopus.

Ships Log 1914-1916


Jupiter paid off on 22 December, 1916.


Dates of appointment are provided when known.

·        HMS Jupiter commissioned on 8 June 1897 at Chatham Dockyard for service in the Channel Fleet. She was present at both the Fleet Review at Spithead for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria on 26 June 1897 and the Coronation Fleet Review for King Edward VII on 16 August 1902. On 1 January 1905, the Channel Fleet became the new Atlantic Fleet, making her an Atlantic Fleet unit. She paid off at Chatham on 27 February 1905 to undergo a refit there, and her Atlantic Fleet service ended when she emerged from refit and commissioned at Chatham into the Portsmouth Reserve on 15 August 1905.[2]
Jupiter commissioned for service in the new Channel Fleet on 20 September 1905. This service ended on 3 February 1908 when she paid off.[2]
On 4 February 1908, Jupiter recommissioned for reserve service in the Portsmouth Division of the new Home Fleet with a nucleus crew. She was flagship of the division from February to June 1909 and later second flagship of the 3rd Division, Home Fleet. During this service, she underwent refits at Portsmouth in 1909-1910 (during which she received fire control equipment for her main battery)[9] and 1911-1912 and from June 1912 to January 1913 served as a seagoing[9] gunnery training ship at the Nore.[2] In January 1913 she transferred to the 3rd Fleet, and was based at Pembroke Dock and Devonport.[9]
When World War I broke out in August 1914, Jupiter transferred to the 7th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet. During this service, she covered the passage of the British Expeditionary Force from England to France in September 1914.[2]
In late October 1914, Jupiter was reassigned to serve alongside her sister ship HMS Majestic as a guard ship at the Nore. On 3 November 1914, Jupiter and Majestic left the Nore and relieved their sister ships HMS Hannibal and HMS Magnificent of guard ship duty on the Humber. In December 1914 Jupiter moved on guard ship duty on the Tyne.[2]
On 5 February 1915, Jupiter was detached from her guard ship duty to serve temporarily as an icebreaker at Arkhangelsk, Russia, while the regular icebreaker there was under refit. In this duty, Jupiter made history by becoming the first ship ever to get through the ice into Arkhangelsk during the winter;[2] her February arrival was the earliest in history there.[9]
Jupiter left Arkhangelsk in May 1915 to return to the Channel Fleet, and paid off at Birkenhead on 19 May 1915. She then began a refit by Cammel Laird there that lasted until August 1915.[2]
Her refit completed, Jupiter commissioned at Birkenhead on 12 August 1915 for service in the Mediterranean Sea on the Suez Canal Patrol. On 21 October 1915, she transferred to the Red Sea to become guard ship at Aden and flagship of the Senior Naval Officer, Red Sea Patrol. She was relieved of flagship duty by troopship RIM Northbrook of the Royal Indian Marine on 9 December 1915 and returned to the Suez Canal Patrol for Mediterranean service, from April to November 1916 being stationed at Port Said, Egypt.[2]
Jupiter left Egypt on 22 November 1916 and returned to the United Kingdom, where she paid off at Devonport to provide crews for antisubmarine vessels. She remained at Devonport until April 1919, in commission as a special service vessel and auxiliary patrol ship until February 1918, when she paid off. After that she became an accommodation ship.[10]
In April 1919, Jupiter became the first Majestic-class ship to be placed on the disposal list. She was sold for scrapping on 15 January 1920, and on 11 March 1920 was towed from Chatham to Blyth to be scrapped.[2]

Derek’s Vandal Blog

HMS JUPITER - 5th Rate

1833 - Launched as HMS Forth 

1856 - converted to Screw Mortar Frigate and became HMS JUPITER

1869 - Coal Hulk

1883 - Sold for breaking up.

HMS Jupiter

Sailing Ship (50 Guns) 4th Rate

Built at Plymouth Dockyard, launched 22-Nov-1813, 150ft long, 42ft wide and of 1,173 tons builders measurement


1837: Became a Troop Ship
1841-42 First China War Battle Honour CHINA
1846: Became a Coal Hulk
1870: Sold for breaking up in Plymouth

HMS Jupiter

Sailing Ship (50 Guns)

Built: 1778, Rotherhithe
1781: Battle of Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands,
1795: Battle Honour CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
Wrecked: 10 December 1808 in Vigo Bay Spain, all the crew were saved



The first ship to bear the name HMS Jupiter was a 50-gun fourth-rate launched in 1778. In 1779 she helped to capture the Jean Bart (with HMS Delight), the Mutin (with HMS Pilot) and the Pilote. The latter two were taken into service as HMS Mutine and HMS Pilote. In 1781 she captured the Philippine (with HMS Rattlesnake and HMS Mercury). In 1782 she captured the Bologne (with HMS Mercury).

French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Description: In 1799 she part of a squadron off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope under the command of Sir Hugh Cloberry Christian. She captured the Danish ships Matilde Marie, Fanny, Forsoget and the French ships Le Dragon, Francis Augustus and L'Abondance, assisted by HMS Raisonable, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Rattlesnake, HMS Braave and HMS Star. She also captured the Danish ship Christianus Septimus, assisted by the HMS Rattlesnake, HMS Raisonable, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Tremendous, HMS Stately, HMS Sceptre, HMS Garland, HMS Braave and HMS Star. She was wrecked in 1808.