HMS Amazon was the first Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. Her keel was laid down at the Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Southampton, England. The ship suffered a fire in the Far East in 1977, drawing attention to the risk of building warships with aluminium superstructure.
- 1973-1975 Cdr W John Bingham
- 1975-1976 Cdr David S Dobson
- 1976-1978 Cdr A Bruce Richardson
- 1978-1980 Cdr Robert N Woodard
- 1980-1981 Cdr Anthony R Peters
- 1981-1982 Cdr Ian D G Garnett
- 1982-1983 Cdr Anthony J Bolingbroke
- 1984-1986 Cdr John E K Ellis
- 1986-1988 Cdr R John Lippiett
- 1988-1990 Cdr David A Lewis
- 1990-1992 Cdr David J M Mowlam
- 1992-1993 Cdr Patrick H Watson
Royal Navy Service
In 1977 ”Amazon” took part in the Fleet Review, Royal Navy Fleet Review, of the Royal Navy at Spithead in celebration of HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. ”Amazon” was the only unit of her class to not participate in the Falklands War, as she was in the Persian Gulf at the time on Operation Armiller. By the mid-1980s the surviving Type 21s were suffering cracking in the hull and so she was taken in for refitting, with a steel plate being welded down each side of the ship. At the same time modifications were made to reduce hull noise. Four Exocet launchers were also fitted in ‘B’ position, the last of the class to be so fitted.
Pakistan Navy Service
”Amazon” decommissioned and was sold to Pakistan on 30 September 1993, being renamed ”Babur”. Exocet was not transferred to Pakistan and ”Babur” had her obsolete Sea Cat launcher removed. A Chinese LY 60N missile launcher was fitted in place of the Exocet launchers. DA08 air search radar replaced the Type 992 and Mark 36 SRBOC|SRBOC chaff launchers and 20 mm and 30 mm guns were fitted. ”Babur” remains in service with the Pakistan Navy.