Greenhalgh, was originally F88 HMS Broadsword. Built by
Yarrow, she was laid down 7th February 1975 & completed
by the 24th of January 1979, she was commissioned on the
3rd of may the same year.
Broadsword was instrumental in the coordination of the rescue
operation after the Fastnet Yacht Race disaster in 1980.
the Falklands conflict both HMS Broadsword & HMS Coventry
were attacked by the Argentinean airforce. The Broadsword
was lucky, having a bomb go through the flight deck which
did not explode, the Coventry was not so lucky needing Broadsword
to rescue 170 of her crew. Broadsword successfully shot
down four enemy aircraft during the Falklands conflict.
Broadsword was sold to brazil in 1995 who named her F46
name "Greenhalgh" was given to the frigate in honor of Ensign João Guilherme
Greenhalgh, a Brazilian hero and martyr. Ensign Greenhalgh
was born on June 28, 1845, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and
unfortunately had a very short military career in the Brazilian
Navy. He died, fighting, on June 11, 1865, at the age of
only twenty, during the "Triple Alliance War" which involved
Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, amid the Riachuelo
Naval Battle, which was won by the Brazilian fleet in the
waters of the Paraguay River. In that event, the Brazilian
Ship Monitor "Paraíba" was accosted at the same time by
three enemy ships. The crew (Ensign Greenhalgh included)
on board the Brazilian ship engaged in a bloody fight against
attacking soldiers and sailors, who outnumbered them by
three. Greenhalgh stood out by his bravery in the fight.
As his final battle, he fought against a much larger number
of enemies who tried to strike down the Brazilian flag from
the ship's mast. He ended up with his head decapitated,
but the flag remained up and flying.
would like to thank Captain Aloysio Pinto, who is the Assistant
Naval Attache @ Brazilian Embassy in Washington DC, for
F46 Greenhalgh Facts
Displacement 4000 tons Std 4500 tons max
430' x 48' 5"
2 x Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines. 2 x Rolls Royce
Tyne RM1A gas turbines & 4 Paxman Ventura diesel generators
600 tons oil
4500 NM @ 18kts
if you want to find a little more about this ship then there
is no place better than here
The guy who runs this site (Spider) served on her 1981/82