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HMS Droxford, another Ford-class patrol boat
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Aberford (P3102)
Operator:  Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow
Launched: 23 September 1952
Fate: Sold 27 October 1964 to Kenya.
Name: KNS Nyati
Operator:  Kenya Navy
Acquired: 16 December 1964
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1971.
General characteristics
Class and type: Ford class seaward defence boat
  • 120 tons standard
  • 160 tons full load
Length: 117 ft 3 in (35.74 m)
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Draught: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • 1 × Foden diesel (Centre shaft)
  • 2 × Paxman 12YHAX 550hp Diesels (Outer shafts)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 19
  • 1 × 40 mm anti-aircraft gun
  • 2 × 20 mm anti aircraft guns

HMS Aberford was one of 20 boats of the Ford class of patrol boats built for the Royal Navy in the 1950s.

Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ford. This boat was named after Aberford, West Yorkshire.

The Kenya Navy was granted Aberford as a gift following independence and the formation of the Navy. She was renamed KNS (for Kenya Navy Ship) Nyati, and was the first ship in the Kenyan Navy. She was withdrawn and laid up in the late 1960s off the Southern Engineering yard in Mbaraki Creek in Mombasa and eventually beached and scrapped in 1975.


  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.

This page was last edited on 27 September 2019, at 11:36
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