HMS AcastaLaunched in 1929 as an A-class destroyer, HMS Acasta (H09) was the third ship to bear the name. For a history of HMS Acasta (H09) please click hereFor the specifications of HMS Acasta (H09) please click hereThe first HMS Acasta was a 40-gun Royal Navy fifth rate frigate. She saw service in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, as well as the War of 1812. Although she never took part in any notable single-ship actions nor saw action in a major battle, she captured numerous prizes and rid the seas of a number Spanish, French and American privateers. She was finally broken up in 1821. She was launched in 1797 and broken up in 1821.HMS Acasta and HMS Magicienne at the Battle of San DomingoHMS Acasta was also to have been a wooden screw frigate and was laid down in 1861 but this project was cancelled in 1863.The second ship to carry the name HMS Acasta (G40) was an Acasta-class destroyer. HMS Acasta (G40) built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank and launched on the 10th September 1912. She joined the 4th Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of World War 1. During the summer of 1916 she was based at the Humber, moving to Portsmouth later and then in 1917 to Devonport. HMS Acasta (G40) was so badly damaged at the Battle of Jutland that she was almost completely rebuilt. Sold for breaking in May 1921. Note: The Acasta-class (redesignated the K-class in 1913) were a group of twenty destroyers built for the Royal Navy under the Naval Programme of 1911-1912. The Acasta-class saw extensive wartime service and seven were lost, including four at the Battle of Jutland.The second ship to bear the name HMS AcastaThe crew of HMS Acasta (Left) saluting Admiral Jellicoe as HMS Iron Duke passes (Right) In 1945 there was to have been an Amphion-class submarine called HMS Acasta but the project was cancelled.