Leander-class Modified Type 12 Frigate
Batch 2 Exocet T.A. Conversion
HMS Argonaut (F56) was built by Hawthorn Leslie launched on 8 February 1966 and commissioned on 18 August 1967. She was a Batch 2 and the 15th of the 26 British Leander frigates and the 4th ship to bear the name in the Royal Navy. Fitted with the Y.136 steam machinery plant layout, she was 372ft long with a 41ft beam and 2,350tons standard displacement. She was initially equipped with the twin 4.5in DP guns in a Mk 6 turret, but was converted at Devonport to an Exocet anti-ship missile frigate between 1976 and 1980. She is shown after her T.A. (Towed Array) refit post Falkland's War. She paid off on the 31 March 1993.