Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
HMS TYPHOON was an order from the Admiralty for a replacement class of tug to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. This powerful modern ocean going rescue tug was a "one-off" vessel that when completed was a more than capable replacement for the ageing wartime BUSTLER CLASS vessels and at her conception it seemed likely that she would be the forerunner of a whole Class of similar vessels, but due to interference by Whitehall and government this opportunity was lost. Her machinery arrangement of two diesel engines geared to a single shaft was an innovation for naval ocean-going tugs. Originally an RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) , she was fitted for fire-fighting, salvage and ocean rescue work with a heavy mainmast and derrick attached. She later transferred to the RMAS and was stationed at naval bases at Singapore, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Portland during her career.
She spent her early career working out of the then busy naval base of Singapore, before returning to the U.K.
On the 28th of December 1979 while sailing from Plymouth HMS TYPHOON was involved in the rescue of a Spanish Butane tanker MV Butaseis which was on fire and drifting towards the coast at Brixham, Devon. The crew had abandoned ship. A naval fire party and members of the Devon Fire Service eventually extinguished the blaze and she was towed into Plymouth.
Her next major involvement was the Falklands War when on the 4th of April 1982 she sailed from Portland for duties involved in the Falklands War with a RMAS crew. HMS TYPHOON was awarded a "Falkland Island 1982" Battle Honour.
The following month on the 27th of May 1982 at South Georgia she was used (in part) to move elements of the Army's 5th Brigade to the Ferry Norland.
The next month HMS TYPHOON had the sad task on the 8th of June 1982 of towing the RFA Sir Galahad from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands to sea to be sunk as a war grave.
HMS TYPHOON spent a few more years down in the in-hospitable waters of the South Atlantic before being brought back to Portsmouth for a welcome refit, when she was then laid up during 1989 and offered up for sale, she was purchased for demolition by a Spanish company, but then resold on to Maltese interests and renamed P.Typhoon and she was operating out of Valleta harbour for a few years more before in 1992 she was converted into a Trawler.
In 1993 she was renamed again to Somalian Glory by her owners and at the start of the New Year of 1993 she was attacked by pirates in three boats and with automatic weapons. They fired at the ship. There were no reported injuries.
She was deleted from Lloyds register in 2002.
So it was that the rescue tug HMS TYPHOON had a working life of more than 40 years.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.