Falklands warship launched in 1973 to be turned into museum

The HMS Ambuscade has been decommissioned by the Pakistan Navy and will become a shipbuilding museum in Glasgow.

Falklands warship launched from River Clyde in 1973 to be preserved as a museum ship in Glasgow Royal Navy via Supplied

A Falkland’s warship that was originally launched in 1973 is to be preserved and turned into a museum in Glasgow.

The HMS Ambuscade has been decommissioned by the Pakistan Navy and will become a shipbuilding museum on the River Clyde.

Built at Yarrows Shipbuilders in Scotstoun, the Type 21 Frigate launched in 1973 before entering service with the Royal Navy two years later.

The ship is claimed to have saved Task Force flagship, HMS Hermes, from an Argentine Exocet attack while two of her sister ships, HMS Ardent and HMS Antelope, were sunk during the campaign.

In 1993, HMS Ambuscade was decommissioned and sold to Pakistan where it was recommissioned as PNS Tariq, and remained in active service.

The museum will tell visitors the story of the ship’s career, while also paying tribute to all veterans that served on the vessel.

A letter from the Royal Navy supporting the project read: “This letter confirms that the National Museum of the Royal Navy has had conversations with David O’Neill, around the proposal to evaluate the possibility of returning to the River Clyde, a former Royal Navy Type 21 Frigate, built on the River Clyde, currently in service with the Navy of Pakistan.

“Mr O’Neill has outlined a vision in which heritage and cultures from these two communities can come together to celebrate the heritage of the Clyde in building warships for the Royal Navy and as such, we are helping to pull contacts together from former senior service personnel and existing contacts to work with the MoD, the British High Commission in Islamabad, the Pakistan Navy and other supporters.

“We seek to play an active part to make this possible and ask that Peel Ports offer their cooperation and consideration in assisting this proposal with the logistical challenges ahead.”